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The Top 30 Albums Of 2019 (So Far): Kelsey Lu – 'Blood'

1 July 2019 | 1:47 pm | Cyclone Wehner

'The Music' team on the albums you need to hear from 2019.

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"Lu's debut is a masterful work." – Christopher H James

In 2005 Miri Ben-Ari reconfigured urban and classical with the Kanye West-produced The Hip-Hop Violinist. Kelsey Lu (aka Kelsey McJunkins) is doing something similar with the cello in the age of Bon Iver and cloud rap. 

However, the North Carolina-born artist possesses a near-operatic voice, ensuring her style is more otherworldly. McJunkins' debut, Blood, reps a panoramic contrast to Billie Eilish's insular experimentations with epics like Rebel. Still, she embraces glittery pop, with Due West co-produced by Skrillex, and Poor Fake playful disco. McJunkins even subversively covers 10cc's I'm Not In Love.

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