It was just this past September that Greek haze-pop duo Keep Shelly in Athens released their debut full-length, At Home, a collection of ethereal, ’80s-inspired dream pop brimming with a kind of laid-back romanticism and unassuming sensuality. Now, just a few months into the record’s promotional campaign, the group as we know it comes to an end as singer Sarah P has announced her immediate departure.
“I’m letting you know that I’m no longer in Keep Shelly in Athens,” she wrote on Twitter over the weekend. “Thank you for your support!” She added that she’ll be “focusing on new things.” Sarah P has been with KSiA since its inception in 2010, singing on a number remixes, EPs, and singles.
But she’s not leaving without delivering a final parting gift: a farewell song entitled, “Old Time Glory”. While the title itself does an excellent job encapsulating the group’s current situation, the song is a continuation of the bubblier elements of At Home. Producer RΠЯ’s synth’s are bright and shimmery, as if from some saccharine, teen-pop version of Berlin. Their overwhelming cheerfulness is only outmatched only by Sarah P’s breathy croon, existing somewhere between disco siren and Tiffany during her mall tour days. Whether recorded before or after their official break-up, it’s one heck of a bright spot to go out on. Listen in below.
Despite losing 50% of its members, RΠЯ/Keep Shelly in Athens will soldier on. As the outfit’s label Cascine wrote in a separate statement, “Moving forward, Keep Shelly In Athens will continue with a new singer – as well as occasional collaborations with guest vocalists. A new album will be announced later this year.”