Formed in October of 2014, Keller&Cole crafted the sincere yet powerful acoustic duo out of their home base in Indianapolis. Their collaborative sound is deeply rooted in their passion to break barriers with music. Keller&Cole’s intimate presence and blended voices invite the audience to listen closely to their carefully constructed lyrics.
With the release of their self titled EP, Keller & Cole bring a new feel to a clashing of genres. Lush with addicting progressions, soulful vocals, and a heavy pop edge, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie pop anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the EP never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “Plain, Loud & Clear”, is an instant folk pop classic. Complete with smooth vocal harmonies, and a huge chorus, the song seems to breathe and build as it plays on.
“It means truth. It's about finding a truth or your truth and not wanting to let it go. It's about the moment when something clicks and makes sense, and not wanting to leave that moment of clarity that moment of comfort. It was the first song written from this batch of songs. It was the first successful attempt to write something very relevant personally but also in a very condensed and commercial way so that it could be relate-able to the most people possible.” explains songwriter Landon Keller of the bands single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding of where the duo is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“Getting together with Kara has forced us both to be much more clean and dynamic with our delivery, much more clear with our message and with much more room for emotion and ability with harmony and melody. The album as a whole is candid and doesn't apologize for bluntness of content”, says Keller of the album and songwriting style.
Landon Keller and Kara Cole got together in late 2014 when Cole invited Keller to perform for the one year anniversary of a program herself and her mother put together for teens struggling with addiction. The two met earlier as the two were running around the same music scene though they never actually discussed any collaboration. In the midst of the anniversary show, Keller called Cole onstage to perform with him and it was, for the most part, perfect. They knew they were onto something special and it was obvious the audience agreed. Although Keller already had his solo project and was front man for another band, the two decided after getting to know each other better, that it was a good thing to pursue. The two began writing songs together and eventually the self titled EP was born.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Lera Lynn as well as Josh Kaufam, winner of the voice, the duo are certainly not new to spreading the music through live performance.