The band started after the three ladies met at a show in Buenos Aires in 2005 and decided to start their own band. So they did and after releasing a record or two decided to tour the rest of the world as well. Two are still together, while the bass player changes nearly by the year it seems. For me Friends & Lovers is a new experience and a nice one.
Las Kellies have a trump card: their voices. The music may be on the dark side. The female voices light up the scene. Sort of the light at the end of the tunnel. Being a trio, the musical spread has to be filled with sounds. The drummer is ever present, filling a large part of the mix. Sil Kelly has to work hard all of the time and sing her part as well. The bass is a solid presence without being in my face the whole time. In fact it is played modestly for a trio setting. The guitar fills in the rest. Rhythm and lead, so two parts in fact. Always with an echo or delay on it. Just like the voices. Bathroom style Ceci Kelly addresses us in a dreamy way. She sounds like 60s French singers; soft, innocent seduction, but beware there's a bite every once in a while underneath it all.
I find playing the album once again that it lightens up my day. It shows that so much more can be done with the musical idiom from 1980. Add a hint of 60s pop and darker rock here, a pinch of psychedelia there. In other words a little light here and there, some optimism works a miracle. Las Kellies also manages to walk around the biggest trap of this kind of music, uniformity. There is abundant variety on Friends & Lovers making it a very nice record.
You can listen to 'Summer Breeze' here: