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Chelou – ‘Out of Sight’ LP Out 4/26 Via Concrete Dog


WATCH & SHARE: Chelou – “She Rock I Roll

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WATCH & SHARE: Chelou – “Out Of Sight

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“Chelou, a purveyor of loopy guitars and entrancing melodies, has been releasing buzzy singles and EPs since 2014, and is gearing up to release his debut full length in 2019.”
– Billboard

“With over 30 million total streams to date across all major platforms, over 60k Vevo subscribers and 98k monthly listeners on Spotify, Chelou is a highly talented musician creating some incredible music right now. He is with a doubt an up-and-coming force in the indie/alt scene to watch out for. ”
– Earmilk

“It’s someone that I’m really excited about, a young man from Camden, it’s Chelou”
– Annie Mac, BBC Radio 1

“With little know about Chelou, we can only draw what we can from his delicate, jazzy guitar and dreamy, reverb-soaked vocals. Press Play!”
– i-D

“The music scene’s most mysterious new addition, Chelou, has cordoned quite the cult following since dropping his debut last year – a DIY affair drafted in the bedroom of his London home.”
– Wonderland

“He might remain a mystery, but it’s clear from the cyclic, plucky shapes and haunting echoes of his latest track that he’s a reclusive, but growing talent.”

“Earlier this year, the rising songwriter placed a preview of his track ‘The Quiet’ online. Remarkably, it quickly went viral with fans swooning at his sparse, often quite moving artistry.”
– Clash

“Shuffling hi-hats, a warm bassline and a hummable melody—just what we’ve come to expect from this rising London producer.”
– RA

“Chelou is the unsigned London vocalist whose Halfway To Nowhere has already run up well over two million views on YouTube.”
– Red Bull Music

“can’t believe Chelou is unsigned!”
– Tom Ravenscroft, BBC Radio 6


London-based artist, Chelou, shares his new single “She Rock I Roll” off his forthcoming debut album, Out Of Sight. They say anticipation is half the pleasure, and in the case of Chelou, it’s been a steady yet unhurried build up to his first full length. The result is an intoxicating set of folk-blues beats and Chelou’s hauntingly vocal. Out Of Sight is set for release on April 26th via Concrete Dog Records.

Chelou’s beautifully blurry, hypnotic sound isn’t reflective of his earliest influences – Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Nick Cave – but when it came to songwriting, “morose acoustic music,” won out. “I’m hopeless at parties,” he concedes. “I want to put Leonard Cohen on! I like anything in the A minor key and I love a good melody.”

If the Chelou sound is a blissful brand of melancholy it’s rooted as much in the 21st century. Dance music was a staple when he was younger with its electronics and ballad-esque vocals having it’s own impact on this musical output.  Fittingly producer / DJ Maya Jane Coles has been a key mentor – Chelou featured on two of her tracks ‘Believe’ and ‘Darkside’ and she was the main collaborator in shaping and making Out Of Sight along with Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar, Florence & The Machine) and LOXE.

With Chelou’s initial releases picking up consistent support from Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens, it was ‘Halfway To Nowhere’ that proved the breakthrough track clocking up 4m plays on Spotify and over 5.5m on YouTube to date. Chelou wrapped up 2018 with the single release of Out Of Sight – on his own label Concrete Dog – alongside his most recent show, supporting Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Chelou has stayed true to the intimate, organic DNA of his sound. “‘Sorry’ is the demo version, as I couldn’t recapture the same emotion again” and ‘She Rocks, I Roll’ “takes you on a journey,” he says.  There is real life in these grooves, and stories to tell.  His family features heavily across his music and visuals.  Its Adam’s mother on the album cover – a woman being fired from a cannon – who ran away at 15 and joined the circus; ‘Lil Sis’ inspired by discovering he had half siblings from another relationship resulting in a half-sister singing backing vocals on a number of his releases.

Chelou translates to ‘shady’ or ‘hidden’ in French and the man born Adam Gray has “spent a long time not revealing much, but it wasn’t exactly intentional,” he says. “I originally wanted to be a songwriter and not a stage performer, or even a singer.  I began to create a world outside of my everyday existence, starting with the name Chelou, and once it all started happening, it fit my natural personality.” This extends to his videos, all of which have been animations to date.

Having reached a good place, Chelou is no longer out of sight, but here and now, with an album that has made the wait all worthwhile. Chelou will be touring across Europe during April with a headlining show at London’s Jazz Café on May 3rd and an appearance at All Points East later that month. See below for the rest of Chelou’s EU tour dates.

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03.23 – Musikcafeen – Copenhagen, DK
04.17 – Le Boule Noire – Paris, FR
04.18 – CINETOL – Amsterdam, NE
04.19 – Le Salon – Silly, BE
04.22 – HÄKKEN – Hamburg, DE
04.23 – MTC-Club – Köln, DE
04.24 – Badehaus Berlin – Berlin, DE
04.25 – Orangehouse – München, DE
04.27 – MeetFactory – Prague, CZ
04.28 – Salzhaus – Winterthur, CH
04.30 – A38 – Budapest, HU
05.03 – Jazz Cafe – London, UK

1. Words To Share
2. She Rock I Roll
3. Just A Thought
4. Ships In The Wind
5. Out Of Sight
6. Sorry
7. Old Maccy
8. Lifeline
9. Lil Sis
10. It’s Not Easy
11. Tricks
12. Punch My Ticket



Some people were destined for greatness, and some people were destined for something a little more extraordinaire. Not so much a conscious effort just life enacting somewhere between Lost In Translation and the Truman Show. Chelou, a Gemini with an unborn twin is one such character.

A product of the Camden-Punk Scene his parents were native to. His Mum left home at 14 to run away with the circus, her act was to be shot out of a cannon. With that spirit Chelou adopted the ethos that life was a blank canvas for ourselves to complete however and whatever we see fit; Chelou drifted to music as his medium.

Inspired by the varied music floating around his existence; Chelou taught himself to play the guitar by ear and still to this day can’t read music. He also managed to complete a degree without ever owning a computer and a phone only on occasion. 

Emerging in 2014 after leaking his bedroom produced track, “The Quiet”, Chelou has not looked back. The track went viral amongst the bloggers and garnered strong support on BBC Radio 6 from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Tom Ravenscroft. The EP that followed saw Chelou support Thurston Moore and Natalie Prass and go on tour with All We Are and make his debut festival appearances.

Chelou followed The Quiet EP up 6 months later, releasing a cover of Nirvana’s “Aneurysm” which too went viral amongst the bloggers and his Mothership EP which was pressed to 12” vinyl. His sound also caught the ears of Maya Jane Coles who featured Chelou on her debut Nocturnal Sunshine album and began inviting him to her studio to work on material. The follow up EP was championed by both Annie Mac and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, with online coverage at this point stretching from The Wall Street Journal to i-D Magazine. Single “Don’t Hate On Me” quickly followed and the success on both the internet and airwaves transcended to the road with performances supporting Bloc Party at their sold-out London dates, 

The follow up to this single “Halfway To Nowhere.” This track proved to be a turning point as it gathered momentum online, radio initially shunned it showing no support. The video which was a collaboration with long time friend Polly Nor was released to rapturous reception gaining coverage from Dazed Digital to Playground to Mixmag. The video went on to reach over 5 million views on YouTube with a further 5 million streams across other streaming platforms. 

Chelou released a last single “Damned Eye See” in the Autumn of 2017 before featuring on Maya Jane Coles single “Darkside” taken from her album Take Flight. 2018 saw Chelou concentrate on touring and finaliZing his debut full-length record, he featured on Pote’s track “Untune,” which came out in June 2018 on Benji B’s label Deviation.

Chelou has performed in 18 countries to date in 50 + cities to date. Key festival appearances have included Green Man Festival, Wilderness, Sziget, Bestival, Love Saves The Day, Shambala, Eurosonic, Where’s The Music, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Zandari Festival (South Korea), FARR, Meadows In The Mountains (Bulgaria), Brainchild Festival, Antigel, One In A Million, Larmer Tree, Naked Song, Duizel In Het Park, Terra Incognito, Clap Your Hands, MaMa, Live At Leeds, Hit The North.

Chelou’s been featured in the following publications, among many others: Dazed Digital, Playground Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, i-D Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music, Canal +, DIY Magazine, Juxtapoz, Clash Magazine, Noctis Magazine, Notion Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Beat Magazine, Mixmag, Its Nice That, Boooom and The 405.

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