Photo Credit: Kim Hiorthøy
Producer/musician Kelly Lee Owens returns today to share a collaboration with John Cale with foreboding new single, “Corner Of My Sky”.
The track arrives just weeks before the release of her forthcoming album Inner Song, out August 28th via Smalltown Supersound.
The two Welsh artists first met in London while working on a song for Cale, which prompted a future collaboration in “Corner Of My Sky”, where Cale sings in both English and Welsh over Owens’ droning, psychedelic lullaby.
Following a string of previously released singles and videos for “On”, “Night”, and “Melt!”, today’s release captures the diverse breadth of Owens’ talents, peering into her highly anticipated sophomore album set for release in just a few short weeks.
Cale comments, “It’s not usually this immediate that a productive afternoon brings a satisfying conclusion to a task. Kelly sent me a track she’d written – an instrumental that was a gentle drift – something comfortably familiar to what I’d been working on myself.
On the first listen, the lyrics came with ease and a chorus and melody grew out of it. Even the Welsh phrases seemed to develop from a place of reflective memory which was a surprise since I hadn’t written in Welsh for decades. Once finished, I realised there existed a built-in thread we’d created together and apart – and her kind spirit pulled it all together and in quick order.”
Owens elaborates, “I knew with this album I needed to connect with my roots and therefore having the Welsh language featured on the record felt very important to me.
Once the music for the track was written and the sounds were formed, I sent the track straight to John and asked if he could perhaps delve into his Welsh heritage and tell the story of the land via spoken-word, poetry and song. What he sent back was nothing short of phenomenal.
The arrangement was done during the mixing process and once I’d finished the track, I cried – firstly feeling incredibly lucky to have collaborated with John and his eternal talent and secondly for both of us to have been able to connect to our homeland in this way.”
Arriving as the last taster ahead of her full-length release, Inner Song becomes the follow-up to Owens’ self-titled debut, which was recognised as one of the most critically praised albums of 2017.
Inner Song finds Owens diving deep into her own psyche—working through the struggles she’s faced over the last several years while embracing the beauty of the natural world. Sonically, the album’s hair-raising bass and tickling textures drive home that Owens is locked into delivering maximal aural pleasure, whether it be on a techno banger, a glimmering electro-pop number, or a Radiohead cover.
Marking the final sneak peek into the forthcoming LP, “Corner Of My Sky” once again denotes Owens’ impeccable production, songwriting and collaboration skills. Press play and bliss out to the unique pairing that is Cale and Owens today.
INNER SONG IS OUT FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 VIA SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND