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2014 Albums & EPs of the Year: 1

1 Jan

2014 Albums and EPs 1

1# Lyla Foy – Mirrors the Sky

That Lyla Foy’s debut album hasn’t appeared on, let alone atop, that many album of the year lists is something of a massive surprise to us and a fact that we struggle to comprehend. Each to their own and all that but to us, Mirrors The Sky is an album of exquisite beauty, deft and complex compositions and sublime melodies.

The more we listened to these 10 songs, the more enchanted we became. Her vocals are as pure and cool as fresh ice crystals, smooth and stunning within the sparse forest of muted basslines and electro harmonies. 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 elegant, intelligent and beautifully crafted. Strings and electronics are entwined as one while the sharp rat-a-tat of snare marches along beneath this organic dance above. The regimented beats perfectly juxtaposed with the liberated swirl and wisp of melody.

Mirrors The Sky was our most played album of 2014, it was the album we got lost in more than any other, following its magical trails like Alice down the rabbit hole, and it is the album we have loved more than any other in the last 12 months. It’s delicate, like the frayed edges of a heart whose thread could be pulled at any moment, and it’s utterly gorgeous.

Listen: Lyla Foy – “Feather Tongue”

8 Jan

Lyla Foy

Hot damn, 2014 just keeps getting better and better. Already we have had stunning new tunes from Fickle Friends, San Zhi and Solander (amongst others, like St Vincent who we haven’t posted – yet) and a cracking EP from LVLS) and that’s just the music we have posted. There’s been loads more besides, including a gorgeous new tune from the superb Lyla Foy who yesterday gave us aural pleasure with her “Feather Tongue” (that sounded a lot less creepy in our head by the way).

When we said that Lyla was one to Listen Out For in 2014, we didn’t think it would take her no more than a week to stand up and take over. That is what she has done though as not only is there a new single, but it is taken from her debut album which she just happened to announce as well (out in March, full details below).

Showcasing her electronic loving side (the boop-de-boopiness reminds us of “Happy Here” by Danmass – love that tune), “Feather Tongue” is yet more lovely melodic and wistful gorgeousness to add to Lyla’s already impressive collection. It feels mellow and subdued but ripples and bubbles like a natural hot spring hidden and hitherto undiscovered. Meanwhile the vocal (we adore her vocal) is like the steam above the water, the light catching it in the sun and creating millions of floating lights as it hangs above the rhythm, becalming, soothing and utterly lovely.

Lyla Foy’s debut album, ’Mirrors The Sky’, is released via Sub Pop on 17 March.

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