Keep Shelly In Athens
Portishead, Massive Attack, Radiohead
The swirling ambient sound of Keep Shelley in Athens (KSiA) captures that serene feeling you get on a gloomy, rainy day as your car glides over the slick city streets. With airy beats that are repetitive, but never trance-like, KSiA is an accessible and lighthearted entry into the world of down-tempo electronica.
As enigmatic as they are talented, Keep Shelley in Athens is a Greek based duo signed to Forest Family Records. Fearing the trend of bands coasting more on their own hype than their actual talent, KSiA keep their cards close to their chest, focusing on their music, not their image. If their sold-out 2010 EP is any indication, it’s a more than fair trade-off.
The vocals, at times hopeful and haunting, provide a coherence to the music. It’s all too easy to hear the descriptor “ambient” and write a band off as an aimless assembly line creation from the mope factory, spiraling unchecked well beyond the 14 minute mark. But unlike some of their atmospheric contemporaries, KSiA’s songs are as tightly constructed as anything you might hear on the radio, never pushing the run time to the point of self-indulgence. In our opinion they can be as mysterious as they’d like so long as they keep producing this captivating sound. Fans clamoring for a KSiA record to have and to hold can pre-order their February release through Transparent Records.