Just one song and a little mystery from London by way of Liverpool’s Mononoke was enough to excite sufficiently to feature her on both our list of artists to listen out for and our Top 25 Tracks of 2013 countdown. Not many artists last year elicited such an immediate, excited and overwhelming response from us, listening to “Alice” was like playing one desperate final hand of poker, going all in with our heart and pulling out an Ace on the river for a royal flush.
Even so, that was one track and there would be questions over whether the Warner Chappell signee could match or even eclipse such a startling debut with her follow-up. Then last week “Bones and Glory” came along and for three and half minutes our world came to a standstill and only one word came to our mind. Wow.
Combining the icy, crystalline beauty of Lyla Foy with the distressed vintage feel of Lana Del Rey (Lyla Del Rey anyone?) “Bones and Glory” is, like “Alice” before it, a distant mist of melody, gentle probing beats and vocals of whispered kisses. Those kisses analyses the forensics of a relationship, her voice echoing out of the shadows like a dark exploration of what it means to feel while the sombre piano picks its way barefoot through the dilapidated remains of hope.
Who she is remains, for many, a mystery. Though right now the speculation seems moot for while the music is as special and beautiful as this, who she is matters not a jot. Just listen and enjoy.