A more acoustic cousin of Alt-J and Tame Impala, alt-indie enigma Chelou is taking the planet by psychedelic storm. The Camden-born multi-instrumentalist and producer chose a moniker that translates roughly to “bizarre” or “hidden” in French. He prides himself on his weirdness, both as an artist and as a musician, and it’s perhaps for that reason that he’s known to keep to himself. Having first made waves with his 2014 DIY EP The Quiet, which Chelou produced in his bedroom, his trademarked sound consists of reverb-heavy vocals and a blend of distorted instruments and synths. Pensive and eloquent lyrics reveal the depth of Chelou’s mind, even though he admittedly has “smoked too much weed”–he even used his grinder as percussion in his self-produced track “Words to Share.”
Chelou recently teamed up with artist Robin Eisenberg to execute what he’s described as his “dream project.” The psychedelic sexy outer space cartoon that Eisenberg created was used to animate Chelou’s music video for the title track from his recent album, “Out of Sight.” The short film has garnered about 3.5 million views on YouTube and is an incredible example of how music and visual art can become transcendental when the two are uniquely fused.
The London-based artist is taking a trip across the pond for a US & Canada headlining tour this fall, which will culminate on Sept 24 with a show at LA’s Moroccan Lounge.
Catch the breakout dream-creator at a venue near you:
September 17 — Brooklyn, NY: Baby’s Alright
September 19 — Chicago, IL: Sleeping Village
September 20 — San Francisco, CA: Cafe du Nord
September 21 — Seattle, WA: Barboza
September 24 — Los Angeles, CA: The Moroccan Lounge