Shoving in the right direction
Reviews by Anna C

LYLA FOY- Mirrors the sky

From the beginning notes of opening track ‘Honeymoon’, it is clear that Lyla Foy is perhaps half human, half woodnymph. Her vocal and songwriting style is spectral; an ambient, mystical quality appears to come naturally to her. Therefore, to some, the creation of ‘Mirrors the sky’ might sound a bit predictable- pretty, young songstress leaves London and goes into the countryside and sings, birdsong and goats in the background; just her, her whispery voice and mother nature, returning to get her band to fill in any gaps. But for those of us who enjoy getting lost in vast wilderness, walking without any other purpose than just to soak up what is beautiful and free, then you will like this. I’ve made myself sound like a right hippy here, haven’t I? Oh well.


With an impressive musical journey so far, Foy’s best known under the title of her other project ‘WALL’ (which Radio 1 slobbered over apparently, amongst others). Creeping out to reveal her true identity, she mainly brings a mood to suit quieter contemplation. Sometimes she reminds me of Feist, for a slightly morose warbling, but all with a magical and effortless style that means she will be one to watch as the year progresses. She’s playing Cambridge’s very own Lodestar festival in August so pay her a visit there.

This was released on Subpop in the Spring but you can still buy it now.


LITTLE SCOUT- Go quietly

Hailing from Australia, Little Scout are all set to release their debut single in the UK, 'Go Quietly' via brand new London-based label, Win-Win. It’s already been played on 6Music, courtesy of Lauren Laverne, so it’s bound to be a favourite from that moment forward. Taken from what is actually their second album, I’ve not heard of them before but apparently it sees the band move into adventurous new territory (to lazily quote their press release). Pretty much the most perfect kind of indie pop, ‘Go quietly’ and it’s B-side sister, ‘March over to me’, are full of the sort of swagger that only such bass-heavy music can be, recorded by the chap responsible for mixing The Mars Volta and then some.

Singer Melissa Tickle’s vocal has a sweetly seductive tone and the band can easily be compared to fellow Ozzies, Howling Bell, for their use of melody. Theirs is a supreme confidence, a subtle cockiness that shows that Little Scout know they’re on their way. ‘I know how to get there but I need a gentle shove’, Tickle repeats throughout. Consider yourself pushed in the right direction, young lady.

Released 18th August, 2014.


LANA DEL RAY- Ultraviolence (single)

Troubled or just really, really clever? When I had dinner with my friend the other day and we were discussing this lady’s music, we both agreed on the former. Anyway, the title track from Ms Del Ray’s second album, ‘Ultraviolence’ is much what you’d expect, though you’ve probably already heard the album by now, so you’ll already know. Written with long-time collaborator Dan Heath, it was produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys- does she have a thing about people called Dan?) and recorded in Nashville, a cool biog that compliments the sultry vocals, soft strings and minimalistic guitar to create the film noir sound she has become so famed for. ‘I’m your jazz singer/ And you’re my cult leader/ I love you forever’, she croons, continuing the lovelorn theme of her debut ‘Born to die’. Ultraviolence: the album debuted at No. 1 in 18 countries, including the UK and the US and has sold over 1million copies worldwide so far, so you’ve got to give this a listen, right?


Released on Monday, 18th August, 2014 on Polydor.

Anna C