Kelela / Raven
Album: Raven   Collection:General
Artist:Kelela   Added:Mar 2023
Label:Warp Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2023-04-24 Pull Date: 2023-06-26 Charts: Electronic
Week Ending: Jun 25 Jun 18 Jun 11 May 21 May 14 May 7 Apr 30
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 15, 2024: The cleanroom
4. Jul 01, 2023: Music Casserole
Enough For Love
2. Jan 30, 2024: Phone Scam
5. Jun 24, 2023: Music Casserole
On The Run
3. Dec 02, 2023: Music Casserole
On The Run
6. Jun 10, 2023: Music Casserole
Enough For Love

Album Review
Reviewed 2023-03-23
Gorgeous electronic R&B, from highly-acclaimed Ethiopian-American artist Kelela. This second studio album largely explores romance, heartbreak, and her experiences of loneliness/isolation as a queer black woman working in electronic music. Songwriting is excellent, vocals are amazing, and she collaborates with producers LSDXOXO, Yo van Lenz, and Kaytranada to infuse her signature R&B sound with breakbeat and ambient elements.

FCC: 6, 12
RIYL: Kilo Kish, Empress Of, Liv.e, ABRA, Tei Shi, FKA Twigs
TRY: 4, 14, 8, 9, 13

1. Bleary early-morning chill beat with soaring vocals
2. Emotional vocals with a peppy breakbeat and a bit of bass
3. Slow and hazy with muffled piano
*4. Yearning love song with standout percussion from Kaytranada. Effortless and silky, truly one of her best
5. Upbeat breakbeat with plucked acoustic guitars
6. (FCC) Slow, sultry, finger-snapping with a massive bassline
7. 2AM party vibe with a mellow breakbeat
*8. Futuristic, echoey. Moves through several ambient movements before it reaches the chorus
*9. Minimal but very powerful with vocals at the forefront (She almost says an FCC in this track, but self-censors)
10. Haunting with an epic crescendo that opens into a UK garage beat. Nice minimal piano elements
11. Spacious, melancholic, dubstep influence
12. (FCC) Layered vocals, rattling percussion and a bit of electronic twinkle
*13. Slow heartbreak confessional. Sparse electronica with lush strings. Cowritten with Shygirl
*14. Lead single, future R&B love ballad. Really great beat with nicely isolated percussion
15. Slow washed-out outro

Track Listing
1. Washed Away   8. Fooley
2. Happy Ending   9. Holier
3. Let It Go   10. Raven
4. On The Run   11. Bruises
5. Missed Call   12. Sorbet
6. Closure (Feat Rarah Gabor)   13. Divorce
7. Contact   14. Enough For Love
  15. Far Away