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kelesolo

Summer is a time for music – weekend festivals and free outdoor shows.  It’s also the time for new releases.  This summer, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party is taking chances.  Now solo albums are generally interesting listens. Whether it’s a triumph (Stephen Malkmus of Pavement) or an unmitigated disaster (Travis Morrisson of the Dismemberment Plan) the result is usually an exercise in indulgence, with the artist exploring the elements of their style that their band mates managed to keep in check.

Kele Okereke’s solo work definitely falls into this category. If you’ve listened to Bloc Party over the years it’s clear that they’ve been on a trajectory from angular post punk to electronic. Now that Kele’s started releasing music as a solo act, it’s evident who’s been the driving force behind this direction.  Check out my personal favorite “On the Lam” here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA-V37Z8vdw&feature=related

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Written by Harry Norton
Harry Norton

June 30th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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