Lay Low - The Backbone

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A way overdue posting now, Lay Low was the first act I saw in 2013, supporting Daughter in Brighton last month. I didn't know too much about her before the show but her gorgeous, charming and intimate show won me over sufficiently to spend the last cash in my wallet on her CD after the show. Lay Low is Icelandic singer/songwriter Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir (copy and pasted!) and has three albums going back to 2006, I'm going to concentrate on her latest release, last years "The Backbone" here...

A warm and dusty Americana sound that blends blues and folk is quickly highlighted, her live set was solo show but here her guitar and sweet, honey-toned voice are back by a restrained band whose deep drums and rich, melancholic instrumentation only add to the well-rounded, melt-your-heart sounds.

B-side "Rearrangement" starts further stripped back with acoustic finger-plucking before building around a slightly off-kilter psychedelic melody, almost Stealing-Sheep like with beautiful vocals and poetic lyrics. Two different styles, one superb single. You can buy the record and Lovísa's earlier work from her shop.