Lyla Foy at Nice n Sleazy’s Glasgow March 2014. Review by Pauline Keightley
Lyla took to the Nice N Sleazy stage after a fine set by Scottish duo Turtles, who have a strong front singer and play powerful electronic melodic post rock. Worth checking out.
Lyla sang her memorable songs in her subtle haunting country voice, along with her backing band. Her music has a dreamy ethereal, other worldly and even slightly hippy-ish quality – her voice pure and direct over a steady beat.
There were some shades of Christine McVie’s melodic tones with the subtleness of Lana Del Rey and The XX in there too, as she mixes some folk with a more contemporary feel.
Her songs have quiet reflective themes – notable songs were Easy, Feather Tongue and Left To Wonder.
I hoped she didn’t feel let down when some mates of the support band left before her set. I thought fans of one artist should also support the other artists. It matters not the size of an audience though but about impressing those who are there, and the seasoned performers know this only too well!
In 2013 the London singer songwriter put out her music under the pseudonym the WALL and her song No Secrets was well received by both BBC radio and the music website Pitchfork. Her single Magazine contains a lot of drama.
She also put out two pretty nifty covers – Something On My Mind by Karen Dalton and Where Did Our Love Go, sung by The Supremes. At times it would be good to hear more meat or edge come through in her sound – bringing a more dynamic range and mood.
She was a rising new artist – now signed to Sub Pop records …. some artists slip quietly under our radar and Foy was one of them but no more.
She is currently on a UK and US small venue tour and has released her debut album titled Mirrors The Sky, in which she recorded her vocals outside in fields and on beaches. . .
Review by Pauline Keightley http://www.musicfootnotes.com/
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