Another highlight from Hidden Door, Kelly Lee Owens set was well polished and full of a mix of different styles of electronic dance music.
“Bird” is my favorite track on her self titled album which starts with a drifting more ambient feeling with its synth and string pad sounds accompanying the percussive lead line. A couple of minutes in the pads are replaced with a deep bass line and more driving percussion that takes the track into a darker and more direct place.
Last weekend I attended Hidden Door, an arts and music festival in Edinburgh.
There were several musical highlights from the 4 days of music that I will bring to your attention over the next few weeks. The first was MIDI Paul who’s performance consisted of a live percussion, bass mixed with synthesis and the occasional vocalist.
The instrumental track Wandering demonstrates his qualities. Raw synthesis is at the forefront of the track but its constant melodic development keeps a sound that could easily become stale fresh and exiting.
It’s this skill in melody and rhythm that makes the piece work as it shifts around instrumentation. Creating a track that remains exiting and unexpected throughout its playtime: