South London based musician Klein is an artist who’s neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing and unpinnable producers and performers.
Using notoriously erratic audio editing software Audacity as a canvas for cut-up, pitch-shifted, and contorted cell phone recordings of her own voice, piano, and guitar playing, quotidian sounds, and samples from childhood Nigerian B movies, Klein’s playfully brooding assemblages seem to creak under their maximalist weight, their own construction made brazenly audible.
Her techniques echo the idioms of musique concrète and industrial music—with crude, static loops and busted glitches that resist pop convention—but, Klein insists, her influences and ambitions lie with gospel, Pavarotti, the musical theater of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the R&B of Brandy and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins rather than the staid institution of orthodox experimental music.
Her propensity for an ebullient postmodern opera has recently found life in the form of musicals. The most recent, Care, a coming-of-age fantasy set in a care home, was directed and scored by Klein and performed at London’s ICA in January 2018.
Following some ear-catching manoeuvres across last year’s releases, which gained her early fans like Bjork, Laurel Halo and Dev Hynes, her Hyperdub released EP 'Tommy' marked Klein’s deepest plunge yet into the ‘deep, dark ocean’ of her musical imagination. Latest release 'cc' takes us in even further.