Kelsy Karter Is Lost In The 'Crystal Blues'
'Home is where the heart is', as the saying goes, and although Australian singer-songwriter Kelsy Karter is currently residing in Los Angeles, her creative heart and soul are firmly ensconced in the 50's and 60's - 'I feel like I was meant to live through the 50's and 60's, so I embrace that. I am heavily influenced by James Brown, The Rolling Stones, James Dean, Elvis'. Combining the energy of Motown, the emotion of soul, and the rebelliousness of rock'n'roll, Karter has fashioned for herself a chaotically vibrant and emotionally tempestuous musical fusion that, happily eschewing all convention, broods, snarls and swaggers with an intriguingly irreverent confidence.
Amongst the jumble of fuzzy riffs, pounding grooves and dreamy, retro-soul melancholy, Karter's distinctive voice proves to be the perfect emotional conduit: fragile, pensive, raspy, tenderly intimate and sensuously alluring, her arresting vocal is delivered with the kind of genuinely uninhibited fervor that seemingly comes from the very depths of her soul. Here, set against the subtle intimacy of contemplative keys, the emotive intensity and rasp-flecked sensitivity of Karter's idiosyncratic vocal charm is on full display with a powerful acoustic rendition of 'Crystal Blues', taken from her 'Kiss The Boys' EP.