Saturday 14 November 2015

Keep Shelly In Athens - Now I'm Ready (Feat. Ocean Hope)

Article by KevW

Greek electro-pop stars Keep Shelly In Athens are currently part way through a busy tour of North America in support of recent album 'Now I'm Ready', and have recently shared the video for the title-track which features Ocean Hope. It's difficult to believe that it was over five years ago when 'Running Out Of You' became one of the sleeper hits of the year and made us take notice of these guys. That track worked by using a gentle, electronic dreampop intro that later bloomed into a kaleidoscopic burst of glorious sound.

Despite the fact that Keep Shelly In Athens have changed line-up and don't adhere solidly to a specific genre, 'Now I'm Ready' actually does much the same thing and has a similar effect of sounding better with each play. Calm, sleepy, slightly seductive and ethereal at first, steadily the simple, repetitive beat and synth are added to and the vocals grow in optimism and hope. All of a sudden it takes off, with the repeated cry of "now I'm ready" sounding as euphoric as anything they've done before, and the music following suit with a certain maturity that oozes confidence and class but never becomes brash or cocksure, opting to simply set the bar high and aim for as much beauty as possible.

Keep Shelly In Athens' website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

Nov. 14, 2015 - El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
Nov. 16, 2015 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Nov. 17, 2015 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Nov. 18, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Bahia
Nov. 19, 2015 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Nov. 20, 2015 - Oakland, CA @ Awaken
Nov. 21, 2015 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset
Nov. 22, 2015 - Vancouver, CANADA @ Fortune
Nov. 23, 2015 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Nov. 24, 2015 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Nov. 25, 2015 - Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios
Nov. 27, 2015 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Nov. 28, 2015 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Nov. 29, 2015 - Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
Nov. 30, 2015 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Dec. 01, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Dec. 02, 2015 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Dec. 03, 2015 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
Dec. 04, 2015 - Toronto, CANADA @ The Drake Hotel
Dec. 05, 2015 - Montreal, CANADA @ Fairmount

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