Album: Long Story Short
Release Date: August 23, 2019
Genre: Indie Pop
Long Story Short is the sixth album from Quebec-based artist, Ian Kelly.
Overall, Long Story Short feels like a warm blanket after coming in from the cold – intimate, optimistic, but with an awareness of the storms outside and the chance a chill might crawl in under the sheets if we don’t bundle up with it. Long Story Short, in short, feels compelled to have the listener resonate with it’s warm, honest affection. The album achieves this mood by using Ian Kelly’s dusky, yet light tenor with an accompaniment of drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, horns, and violin, and featured female vocals.
Standout tracks on Long Story Short to me are “Odd Places” and the track “Long Story Short”. “Odd Places” has an upbeat, bouncing drum line, but mournful undertones from the rest of the accompaniment. The effect is sorrowful but hopeful which fits track’s lyrics on losing a lover, but parting with the understanding they may reuniting again in unplanned, “Odd Places”. The track “Long Story Short”, however, is an interesting departure from the rest of the album as it is only instrumental. A haunting mood piece, it is a gossamer-like ethereal soundscape that feels near perfect for articulating an indescribable beauty – like a full night sky or a lover’s embrace.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.