A product of the Camden punk scene his parents were native to, Chelou is a 23 year old songwriter and producer. Emerging last year (2014) with a debut EP 'The Quiet', inspired by acts as diverse as PJ Harvey, Bon Iver and Lana Del Rey, Chelou quickly made a name for himself thanks to a host of strong support from the likes of Tom Ravenscroft, Guy Garvey and Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.
Who? Chelou is a lone wolf who’s so far managed to keep his true identity under wraps.
What? Decaying blues shrouded in hushed electronics.
From where? London, we think…
What’s the story? We haven’t learned a lot about Chelou since his first track, Reverse, landed on SoundCloud back in December.
Its resolute guitar licks and submerged vocals provided a heady introduction to his dreamy sound and sent expectations through the roof for the parent EP The Quiet, which was released through iTunes in February.
With a lush musical dexterity and interesting palette spanning acoustics and electronics, Chelou is an refreshing proposition who’s committed to taking things at his own speed.
Happy to let the music do the talking, Chelou prefers to remain faceless, with limited social media presence pointing to the essentials: music and artwork.
The tactic has paid off so far, with kindred spirits All We Are falling for his sound and inviting him to support them on their latest UK tour.
He’s also just recorded a track with Maya Jane Coles for her next Nocturnal Sunshine record.
Don’t miss him when he plays at The Great Escape on 16 May.
Sounds like? Fink jamming with Cloud Boat.
Predicted to? With PRS for Music Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund backing now in place, expect to hear a lot more from this elusive talent.
Must hear? The Quiet
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