Radiating all the sonic bliss that you would expect from a proper down-tempo, ambient ensemble, Keep Shelly in Athens (KSiA) are a magnetic duo out of Greece that you should probably keep your eye on. Rich in cosmic loops and textures that sound out of this world, KSiA are even more enchanting with the alluring vocals of Sarah. Just 21 years of age, the mysterious songbird emanates a seductive siren-like call with a culminating sense of urgency. Providing the beats and a smooth soundscape, her male cohort who goes by the moniker of RPR—conjures up some seriously dope production whether dark and haunting or tribalesque accented with carnal howls. He even throws in some 80s-style break beats as heard in their song “Running Out Of You.” Opening up with a spooky yet graceful play of sounds, the track is reminiscent of early Portishead. Towards the end it transitions to an electro-flavored break beat—something that would’ve been fresh on the soundtrack of the seminal b-boy flick, Beat Street.
KSiA’s latest single “Our Own Dream” is a spaced out journey of luscious loops and echoing vocals that take you on an ethereal acid trip sans the hallucinogens. Whether sipping on some martinis in a swanky lounge or gettin’ dirty underneath the sheets, this song sets the tone for a pleasurable adventure. Also the title of their forthcoming EP due for a fall release via Forest Family Records, the song is a mystifying treat.
Keep Shelly in Athens is music that sparks an emotional chord. It will make you sad, it will make you happy and maybe even euphoric. With their mysterious tone and tantalizing selection of beats, the Greek outfit is sure to gain the love of numerous music connoisseurs worldwide.
Words: Sandra Burciaga
Listen to their new single “Our Own Dream” below.