Keel Her has been on my radar for a couple of months now, but every time I’ve gone to write something, it’s already out of date. Rose Keeler-Schäffeler is one of Brighton’s most prolific artists – a quick glance at her soundcloud page today shows 86 tracks, with the front page tracks being 5 days ago, 9 days ago, 12 days ago, 13 days ago…
Keel Her makes lo fi pop music. Most of the time when bands are described as Lo Fi, it means that they’re deliberately distorting their guitars and maybe putting the vocals low in the mix. Keel Her’s guitars are distorted and the mix is uneven, but I get the impression that’s less down to wanting to be lo fi, and more due to the limitations of bedroom recording, and the desire to get the track down and move onto the next song.
A physical release makes things a bit more permanent though, and Keel Her has a single out. Prize Catch is out now on Critical Heights. Don’t go thinking that Keel Her have gone into a studio and made a nice polished recording though – the four tracks on the EP are all of the same demo quality. Initially I thought my 7″ might have been a bad pressing, until I realised that it was just the way things were!
The lack of production hasn’t hindered Keel Her, receiving accolades across the music press, and working with lo fi heroes R Stevie Moore and Ariel Pink. And just today, they’ve been announced that they’ll be supporting The Charlatans at The Garage next months at a gig that sold out in a matter of minutes. Good work!