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Kelsey Lu
“Morning After Coffee”

Kelsey Lu

First major hangover of the year folks. If you don’t count New Year’s Day of course, but then again that’s a little bit like comparing a lit match to a fucking volcano. Our buddy T-Love is moving to lands overseas. He tells us this is necessary in furtherance of his movie-star job, but we all know he’s headed over there to spread his message of love to the not-so-indigenous population of Los Angeles. We look forward to seeing him tagging himself into Soho House West Hollywood every….second. Indeed, that was the venue of choice (in London of course) for the man’s leaving do (one of several, we came to understand), and as seems customary with these sorts of things “a few cheeky drinks” turned into double whiskeys at 1.30am and for some reason only realising then that we were supposed to have dinner at some point. So we’re a little fuzzy today, as well as continuously hungry to make up for our borish behaviour yesterday evening. The great news is, however, firstly that the Finnish one is returning after a week away; and secondly, current Track Of The Day’er Kelsey Lu is sweetly serenading us back to a semblance of normality, vicariously through this soothing clip for recent effort Morning After Coffee – the track title itself being scarily applicable to our situation, except that we woke up by ourselves in our flat very dehydrated before you start insinuating shit. Kelsey Lu is from North Carolina, and perhaps that is one of the most endearing aspects of her accented-angelic vocal that runs throughout the track seamlessly like a trickling stream of calm in a forest of downright awesome. Indeed, following the enticing imagery in the clip itself, we’re left daydreaming about formative pre-World War II American soul and blues music. Chain gangs and 1950’s prison blues. That sort of thing. For more contemporary comparisons, we’re thinking Joanna Newsom and Flo Morrissey. Or perhaps Lianna La Havas with a solid injection of roots; to the point that the voice could be mistaken for an instrument in its own right. Its a good way to think too.


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