2014 Preview: Listen Out For #4 – Lyla Foy

5 Dec

Lyla Foy

As 2012 closed, we, like many many others, were enchanted by the minimalist caress of the downtempo melodies and stark electronic beats that were coming from London based Wall. Alas and indeed alack though, for Wall is no more but rejoice and huzzah, for the lady beneath the name is very much with us and, newly signed to the legendary Sub Pop, the music of Lyla Foy is as sublime as ever.

The reason behind the name change was simple, as she explained, “At first I wanted something abstract to put some distance between me and the identity of the music, but as things grew I wanted to put my name to the songs not the other way round,” and with music of this quality, we’d want to put our name to it too. Her vocals are crystalline, smooth and stunning within the sparse forest of muted basslines and electro harmonies. Like a gleaming ball of light, levitating gently deep within the thin line of trees.

The songs are reflective and the arrangements offer an intimacy to the listener, a closeness brought from the instrumentation, the emotion and purity of the music and lyrics. It’s delicate, like the frayed edges of a heart whose thread could be pulled at any moment, and it’s utterly gorgeous. We could listen to it again and again and again, and we do, we expect a lot more people to be doing the same in 2014 as well.

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