Time Bomb, Baby is a heady explosion of lushly layered indie-pop that floats between charming quirkiness and a muscular sonic sensibility. The songs lovingly pay respect to 80’s auteurs such as Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush while firmly riding a futuristic wave of swirling harmonies, shapeshifting guitars and thoroughly modern songwriting. Time was always ticking until the burning fuse inside Sean Kelly detonated into his first solo debut album, Time Bomb Baby. As the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the critically-acclaimed, Independent Music Award-winning band A Fragile Tomorrow, Kelly has carved out his individual artistic path and emerged with enchanting songs that simmer with a smart, sensual glamour. After experiencing multiple personal hardships, Kelly found refuge in his own studio, Low Watt Recording in Savannah, Georgia. There, he began exploring all of his creative ideas that eventually coalesced into the new collection while finding strength, healing, and even a newfound confidence within himself and in the resulting music.
Kelly’s own story began as one of identical triplets born with Cerebral Palsy. Tragedy first struck when one brother passed at a young age, which inspired Kelly to form his power-pop group, A Fragile Tomorrow, with his twin Dom and their younger brother Brendan. As teens, the group toured relentlessly with major artists like Indigo Girls, The Bangles and Toad The Wet Sprocket. The band released five albums including 2015’s Make Me Over(MPress Records), which earned an Independent Music Award for their collaboration with distant relative Joan Baez. Late 2015, however, marked a turning point for the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer.
While on tour with A Fragile Tomorrow in Israel, Kelly came to the realization that he might finally be ready to figure out what and who he was. “I was with my band, driving to Jerusalem on a day off, when I started listening to Roxy Music’s Avalon. It was my morning routine on that trip, walking to a nearby cafe and listening to those songs,” he says. “This particular listen really made something click in my mind, and I knew exactly what my next move needed to be.” Armed with a fresh perspective and an exuberant determination, Sean Kelly’s Time Bomb, Baby is a stroke of bold, modern romanticism that is both an homage to vintage alt-pop and a leap into the future that continues to push the musical envelope.
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