Wiser and gifted beyond her years, Kelly Snyder lives within her music. Her songs and particularly her voice halt you in your tracks. They embody the raw, drenched emotion that echoes and deafens our daily experiences. She draws you close and immerses you into her thought provoking melodies.
This Pennsylvania native has always yearned to express herself through music, writing early compositions while still in high school. In June 2004 she entered the studio and began work on her debut album, Oxygen, with producer Charles Newman, who has recently worked on the new Magnetic Fields record, i (Nonesuch), and with Quicksand's Walter Schriefels' The Walking Concert (Some Records). This collaboration has coupled an eclectic, innovative feel with ravishing melodies and a unique vocal style.
In Oxygen we are sent drifting and swirling with Kelly's rolling piano parts and captivating voice, while in the hypnotically, tripped out Innocent we are given a candid insight into her emotions; and finally the hauntingly fragile Rescue Me allows you to wallow in its soothing glow. In the convenient pigeon holed world of music, comparisons have already been made to the likes of Fiona Apple, Portishead and Alicia Keys, but Kelly's thought-provoking and rich songs need to be listened to head on, without preconceptions. Her raw, live performances are captivating audiences; and whether it be her and a piano or backed by a full band, the experience is moving and inspired.
Kelly's cinematic and sparse songs balance sensitive soul and dark songwriting with a tarnished and left of center production. This works with stunning effect as ghostly distorted guitars and pedal steels act as the perfect backdrop to her sultry and poignant vocals. Her debut album Oxygen effortlessly glides into your psyche - It is an intriguing glimpse into the musical mind of Kelly Snyder.