Babybeef is the solo electronic project by Sarah Carroll Kelly, a Dublin based multi instrumentalist and performance artist.
Starting with the current single ‘Music’ it sets the tone for the rest of the album. This is an 80’s tinged electro pop song with a big bass sound and clever hooks.
Throughout the album, you can pin point certain influences and sounds from the 80s. A Bronski Beat style refrain, A-ha and Jermaine Stewart style rhythm, this doesn’t take away from the album but adds to make them more accessible to the new listener. Add a dash of Daft Punk and you’re laughing.
Carroll Kelly does a good job with this debut of showing us what she has to offer. Stand out tracks have to be ‘I’m OK’, an understated track with nice vocal background harmonies, ‘Wait’, a midtempo track which showcases Carroll Kelly’s vocals.
One track that must be mentioned on this album is the Babybeef cover of ‘Thunderstruck’, inspired choice. Thick synth bass sounds galore. I reckon this is what Kate Bush would sound like if she was into electro.
Great introduction to Babybeef , A slightly wider pop mix on these tracks might make it more appealing to the masses but definitely a great start.
Babybeef is released through After the Quake Records