Joyous release was much in evidence, on stage and off, when Kelly Lee Owens played her first indoor London date in more than two years. Since releasing one of the most acclaimed albums of 2020, Inner Song, the unorthodox Welsh techno-pop star has been grounded by pandemic restrictions. At her biggest headline show in the capital to date, she radiated euphoric relief, offering gushingly grateful thanks to the packed crowd.
It is unusual for any artist to start a live set with a cover, but Owens made Radiohead’s Weird Fishes/Arpeggi very much her own on Inner Song, paring down the original’s jazzy arrangement to a minimalist electronic skeleton. In Brixton she transformed the song again, beefing it up with a muscular, melodic,