Dublin's highly revered psychedelic dreampop quartet KEELEY release their first ever commercial CD in the wake of two acclaimed EPs in 2021. Led by enigmatic frontwoman and songwriter Keeley Moss, this Irish outfit went from strength to strength last Summer with the success of break-out single "The Glitter And The Glue" from their debut EP 'Brave Warrior', which attracted airplay from BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe & Maconie and spins on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Cymru in the UK, and national airplay in Ireland from RTE, Newstalk, 8Radio.com, Radio Nova and many more.
Armed with seven new songs which showcase the maturity and breadth of KEELEY's songwriting, this mini-album bristles with lush harmonies, muscular beats and inventive atmospherics, skipping gleefully across genres and further establishing Keeley Moss as one of Ireland's most creative and visionary songwriters. As with previous songs, this set highlights Keeley's ongoing fascination with the murder and short life of German backpacker Inga Maria-Hauser, who was brutally murdered in Northern Ireland in 1988 and whose case has still to be solved. As an authority on the subject, Keeley has recently appeared in "Murder In The Badlands", a moving BBC documentary that further explores Inga-Maria's case.
With an in-depth Anglo-Irish media campaign due to begin in May around the single "Shadow On The Hills", KEELEY will spend 2022 touring the UK and Ireland, winning hearts and minds with her inimitable brand of retro-futuristic psychedelic pop. Her devoted and ever-expanding social media followers will be regularly updated on the progress of "Drawn To The Flame" and will be directed to retail outlets on both sides of the Irish Sea.
"'Drawn to the Flame' is a journey through the winding walkways of a most elusive pursuit. It's a lovingly-nurtured musical menagerie, a sonic sky of seven shooting stars. A murky excursion, and an epic escalation of the KEELEY modus operandi. A significant stab on the musical map, the sound of a cry in the dark of a whispering world. It's the next necessary step on this visionary mission.
We feel it is our best - and purest - sonic statement yet. The point at which even darker depths are delved, peeling back layers of the story's shell to reveal just how close to the flame I came - and how close to the flame I remain. It's an examination of the extent of attraction that's at the core of this story. She was drawn to THERE. He was drawn to HER. I was drawn to THAT. They were drawn to HIM. You are drawn to THIS. Before the brutality, there was bliss.
This is the door to an underworld at last unchained.
Within are the reasons why she, he, they, I - and you - were drawn to the flame."
The album was produced by Keeley and Alan Maguire and features mixes by Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Placebo, The House Of Love) and piano and organ contributions from Morgan Fisher (Love Affair, Mott The Hoople, Queen)
KEELEY live shows (more TBA)
Jun 17: London @ 229 (supporting Sea Fever)
Jul 9: Cork @ Crane Lane Theatre
Jul 16: Dublin @ The Thomas House
Oct 8: London, Islington O2 Academy (supporting The Darling Buds)
1. Shadow On The Hills
2. Boarded Up In Belfast
3. Dead On Arrival
4. Where The Monster Lives
5. Travelling In The Opposite Direction
6. Saw The Sea
7. Gift From A Ghost
8. *hidden track Greensleeves (sung by Inga Maria-Hauser)