Lyla Foy #6 - Beginning it all Again


Instant swoon alert. Seriously, if your heart doesn't go aflutter within about ten seconds of this you are probably reading the wrong blog.

"Beginning it all Again" is the first track from a new EP entitled UMi by London's Lyla Foy (released October and available on a super limited CD edition via Lyla's own Bandcamp page or vinyl via Rough Trade) and it is beautiful.

That's probably all that I needed to write, beautiful is the word here but the captivating elegance and understated warmth that you can tangibly feel from the track deserves more. A balance of introspective wistfulness and swirling instrumentation with a melody that is butterfly soft yet lyrics full of strength, it causes goosebumps. Find out for yourself below.

The Great Escape - Friday Preview

The Great Escape 2014 - Five for Friday 9th May.

If you missed my introduction and preview of Thursday, head here.

French For Rabbits - TGE Page
9th May 2014 1:15pm - 2:00pm
10th May 2014 8:00pm - 8:30pm

I will finally be catching up with New Zealand duo French For Rabbits. I can't quite remember why I missed them last time they were in London but in the famous words of Mcfadden and Whitehead, there ain't no stopping me (us) now...

The gorgeous, melancholia drenched dream-folk of their most recent track "Goat" gives a perfect example of what to expect from their performance, a beautiful hushed vocal and calming guitars combining to steal your heart. Sounds like the perfect start to the days music to me.

September Girls - TGE Page
9th May 2014 1:45pm - 2:15pm
9th May 2014 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Long time blog favourites September Girls are a must-see next week and are another act I've talked about at length here (and as such I'll keep this post short, you should have the idea by now).

Their cavernous vocals, reverb-heavy guitars and precise drum beats provide a buzzing mix of 60's girl pop and 70's noir, stir in some sweetly harmonies and nods of approval are sure to follow.

Esben & The Witch - Facebook
9th May 2014 4:10pm - 4:35pm (an Alternative Escape show)

Local Brighton trio Esben and the Witch will play an Alternative Escape show (they aren't on the main bill for some unknown reason), a short set (boo) but one that promises to be an essential inclusion for your Friday plans...

I hope recent single "No Dog" gets an airing, an uncompromising, frenetic and brilliant track which grabs you by both arms and begs you to listen as pummeling drums and guitars collide with Rachel Davies' haunting vocals, it's a jaw-dropping listen and one that could be even better live.

Lyla Foy - TGE Page
9th May 2014 7:30pm - 8:00pm

I've conspired to miss every Lyla Foy gig since her show at Komedia (then on the bill as Wall) at last years Great Escape, I'm promising to make amends and get my first live taster of her beautiful debut album Mirrors The Sky.

"Feather Tongue" highlights Lyla's sound perfectly, both understated and beautiful combining her heart-melting vocals with a perfect melody of gentle percussion and a bubbling synth undercurrent. The results is a gorgeous, dreamy atmosphere that is guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat or two.

Broken Twin - TGE Page
9th May 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm

I still can't decide where I'll be heading at 9pm on Friday (and I probably won't until just before I need to) so I'm going to cheat and make my five picks for the day become six. A heart-wrenching clash sees Broken Twin and Sophie Jamieson play at exactly the same time (thankfully I'll be seeing both artists in London during next week to take away the pain of the clash for me personally).

Broken Twin's debut album May was released this week is already my most played record of 2014 (recently overtaking the equally magnificent July by Marissa Nadler), as intimate and arresting an experience as music can offer, bring your quiet shoes, turn your phone off and immerse yourself in Majke's beautiful, dark melancholia.

Here's one of my favourite tracks from May, "Sun Has Gone":

Sophie Jamieson - TGE Page
9th May 2014 9:15pm - 9:45pm

As I just alluded to, Sophie Jamieson plays at the same time as Broken Twin and as such I have a decision to make. Sophie is a prolific gig player around London but has never once let me down when I've seen her live, always a rare treat with her ever expanding band (now complete as a quartet?) adding extra depth, ambiance and beauty to her wonderful talents.

Last time I saw her play, she played "Dinah", "Ode to the East", "Stain", "Other", "Waterloo" and one more that I can't quite remember - that's pretty much as knock out half an hour set as you'll likely to hear. If you are thinking about heading to see Sophie, the one thing I can guarantee is that you will not be disappointed.

See Also. Las Kellies at The Tube (8pm), Sea Change at Neighbourhood (11pm)

Lyla Foy #5 - Feather Tongue

I've mentioned Lyla Foy a lot recently, in November with the first track after a Sub Pop signing "Easy" and shortly after as one of my 'Tips for 2014' and as one of my three votes in the 'Blog Sound of 2014. There's a quick return to this blog again after yesterday's announcement of her debut album Mirrors The Sky and the second track to be taken from it "Feather Tongue".

It confirms what I'd adhered to previously, both understated and beautiful, "Feather Tongue" highlights Lyla's perfect way with melody and heart-melting vocals full of intimacy and emotion. Here they lie on top of a bed of gentle percussion and a bubbling synth undercurrent that is never more than a restrained accompaniment to the tracks gorgeous, dreamy atmosphere; it's guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat or two.

Mirrors The Sky is due for release March 17th via Sub Pop and can be pre-ordered now on special edition coloured vinyl with a free tote bag here.

Tips For 2014 #8 - Lyla Foy

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Lyla Foy, recently changed to her birth name from previous pseudonym Wall and signed to Sub Pop for the release of her debut album due next year and sent it straight into the wish-list of many with the sensational single Easy.

The track highlighted a startling progression from her earlier work yet remained as intimate and beautiful as before. The perfect example of Lyla's hushed, wounded style backed by restrained yet increasingly expansive instrumentation and subtle beats to create a sound equally haunting and enchanting, one in which you want to get lost in time and time again.

The live show is grander still and I'm expecting an album full of intimacy, emotion and melody.

Lyla Foy #4 - Easy

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I've mentioned Lyla Foy here a few times before as WALL, seemingly a name dispute (or perhaps deciding the name was a little too un-Google friendly) means Lyla has dropped the moniker and has adopted the use of her real name, a technicality which comes coupled with the much more exciting news of a Sub Pop signing and a new song "Easy"...

The track is easily Lyla's best yet, building from the hushed, intimate debut EP Shoestring with the most expansive sound we've heard from Lyla to date, don't worry though, it still retains those earlier characteristics in all their glory. "Easy" is a soft, wounded beauty that sweeps you off your feet with an impeccably haunting vocal and enchanting instrumentation, luxurious and chilly, it almost makes you want to welcome the impending winter months ahead.

Easy is released on 18th November and the limited 7" can be pre-ordered now via Rough Trade. Lyla Foy headlines The Lexington on December 10th.