Hey, Chels - Everything Goes
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Hey, Chels’ debut album was released as a digital release at the beginning of this month, with a physical vinyl release to follow later. I didn’t know quite what to expect from the album, but it has been an uplifting lockdown buddy that I keep returning to.

As the title suggests, everything goes, and I think most people would pick up on something they like. Branded an indie band, (I suppose I would agree), with diverse sounds mixed and produced in a slick way. The album, with opening track ‘Clear’ in particular, strikes me as a weird and wonderful mash-up of 1990s riot grrrl and early The Strokes (a la This Is It) that I didn’t realise I needed, but now can’t get enough of. Why hasn’t this been done sooner?

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Alongside ‘Clear’, which, by the way, is quickly becoming one of my favourite tracks of 2020, the album’s title track, ‘Everything Goes’, also sticks out as a strong point. At first, it felt like a shift in the overall mood of the album, and I had the urge to skip, but very quickly, I found myself humming the track around the house.

Everything Goes is a high energy album with that riot grrrl energy that many of us were taken by – energy that translates well onto the live stage. That, combined with the very pinnacle of 21st Century indie; I can’t say it enough – why hasn’t this been done before?! And can I have more, please?

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I can’t imagine why – or how – anyone would take a dislike to Everything Goes; maybe they just don’t like music if they do. Even the artwork is striking. You should give this album a go; if you don’t love it, we can’t be friends anymore.

Everything Goes is a very easy 5 stars from me, and I think this will come out as one of the top albums of the year. Hey, Chels, please release more like this!

Everything Goes is available now to download for free or ‘name your price’, and is also available to stream.