Keel Her – Keel Her – LP
London label Critical Heights will be releasing lo-fi pop queen Keel Her’s new album on 10 February 2014. Known for her prolific songwriting and soundcloud posting Rose Keeler-Schaffelers debut album features eighteen powerfully but economically packed tracks, cherry picked from her vast repertoire. Keel Hers songs are intimate vignettes drawn from Roses own experiences delivered in a chatty, honest and delightfully conversational manner. Guitars and synths vie for melodic prominence over vast swathes of fuzz and feedback, where Rose’s indecipherable vocals swim amongst buzzing melodies, swampy reverb and broken beats. Although much of her sound and aesthetic harks back to 90s slacker culture, the variety of styles she has absorbed makes it harder to specifically pinpoint her sound. Veering sonically from Beat Happening to Ariel Pink, Wavves to Bikini Kill, Real Estate to Guided By Voices and all the way back again, it wasn’t long before her bedroom pop reached the ears of home recording supremo R. Stevie Moore. The R Stevie Moore collaboration started when Rose wrote a song for him called Robert. He was won over and they recorded the double A-side single Boner Hit/With Me Tonight. Rose invited Moore to remix the album track Id Be Your Slave, which also sees him playing bass. Other tracks include a more scuzzed-up, less polished reworked version of the single Riot Grrrl as well as 7inch A-side Dont Look at Me, which sees her return to full-tilt, dream-fuzz tuneage. Having grown up in Winchester, Rose Keeler-Schaffeler began writing and recording in her bedroom at an early age and for over a year posted tracks online at an alarming rate. Now residing in Brighton, she remains blissfully unconcerned with glossy production values, cliched lyrics and formulaic hooks and instead taps in to seemingly bottomless well of creativity on her own terms.