No stranger to The Listening Post Blog, the music of Chelou first came to my attention in March last year when I stumbled upon one of his early singles titled ‘Aneurysm.’
At the time I did a little investigative work and tried to find out more about this new and emerging artist but, true to his name (the word Chelou is a French expression used to describe something that is unknown), Chelou was something of a mystery and there wasn’t too much out there about him at the time.
Since then more has been disclosed and on his Bandcamp page it now describes how Chelou is a product of the Camden punk scene, 23 years old and, at present, unsigned. Drawing his musical inspirations from the likes of PJ Harvey, Bon Iver and Lana Del Rey, the young songwriter and producer has quickly made a name for himself thanks to to a host of strong support from the likes of Tom Ravenscroft, Guy Garvey and Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.
To date Chelou has released two EP’s and a couple of singles with latest single ‘Don’t Hate On Me’ released on the 16th of last month. This wonderfully delicate track kicks off with cascading guitar riffs, weightless vocals and a tender melody; its beautifully constructed and tuneful layers consisting of understated rhythms and subtle verse/chorus hooks. The accompanying video is pretty awesome too, fantastically animated and created by Jesse Collett. Listen and watch above.
Chelou’s music can be purchased from his Bandcamp page here.