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Lyla Foy Mirrors the Sky

April 1, 2014

Foy-MirrorLyla Foy’s Mirrors the Sky Echoes April CD of the Month

Hear it tonight on Echoes.

We first met Lyla Foy in 2013 when she was recording under the guise of Wall. I was seduced by the austere, yet atmospheric songs of her EP Shoestrings, which touched a deep and resonant chord of melancholy and beauty. Now she’s recording under her own name and has released a full-length album on the Sub Pop label. But Lyla Foy’s “Mirrors the Sky” delivers on the promise of Wall.

Lyla Foy manages to be waif-like and sultry at the same time singing in voice of fragility and soul. You can hear that on the first track, “Honeymoon,” a song about love and separation that Foy delivers with mournful longing over a dirge-like groove.

Mostly co-written with Oli Deakin, Foy’s arrangements are minimal, yet full of atmosphere with creaky electronic keyboards and trash can drum machines bathed in reverb. It doesn’t appear she’s used her advance money from Sub Pop to buy more instruments since it sounds like she’s still using an ancient Casio Tone MT200 keyboard for most of her songs. It fits in perfectly with the shuddering, cracked and dusty sounds that shroud her songs as if they emerged out of a long-abandoned home. There are ghosts in this music.

Lyla Foy Artist Photo Photo Credit: Veanne TsuiFoy alternately sings about falling in and out of love. In the former category she reveals the yearning quality of country singer Loretta Lynn on “Honeymoon.” But unlike many Loretta Lynn’s songs, it’s not about heartbreak. That comes on “Easy,” a song of parting, a theme that seems to be in the air for female singers lately. Like Priscilla Ahn’s “Remember How I Broke Your Heart” it’s about the woman packing it in, but unlike the braggadocio and anger of male break-up songs, Foy and Ahn find the truth in the words of Neil Sedaka: breaking up is hard to do.

Many of the songs sound like holdovers from Wall and “No Secrets” was originally recorded as Wall as her first single. Other than some remastering, it sounds little changed with a simple bass riff that alternate its two notes every four bars. Yet, from this simple bare-bones architecture, Lyla Foy finds a well of emotion.

The English born singer, still in her mid-20s, has a rustic Americana sound to some of her songs. “Rumour” is simply strummed guitar waltz riff that could be a backwoods lament as Foy’s voice spins up in almost yodeling arcs in a song of goodbyes, farewells and regrets. Like a lot of her songs, the hooks are subtle, but insistent.

“Impossible” is one of the few songs that might be called buoyant but even that has a bittersweet tone. In an Echoes interview, Foy stated that “I don’t think there’s anything that inspirational about being content and happy, so, I think that’s probably why you get a lot of heartache.”

It’s a beautiful heartache though, one for long nights and quiet contemplations. Lyla Foy’s Mirrors the Sky will have you looking at your own reflections of love and life.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Lo-Fi Dreampop from Wall

June 24, 2013

Hear the Echoes interview with Lyla Foy of Wall

ShoestringI don’t think we’ve ever had an artist interviewed on the show with as little materiel as Wall.  That’s the recording persona of English singer-songwriter Lyla Foy who has managed to build up a lot of buzz with a sparse amount of materiel equaled only by her even sparser songs.  But those songs touch a deep and resonant chord of melancholy and beauty.  Earlier this year she released a 5 song EP called Shoestring .

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Regarding “Left to Wonder”:  That was just a late night writing session, just me and a glass of wine, pouring my heart out.

Lyla Foy of Wall

Lyla Foy of Wall

Regarding her Black Cab Session: There’s no pretense when you’re in the back of a cab.  You can’t hide behind clever recording devices or auto tune, God forbid, or any of those things.  Just you and your singing, and it’s hot and you’re cramped.

Regarding her influences: I’m a massive fan of Beth Gibbons of Portishead.  And more current people, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, the sort of women who have a very articulate way of songwriting.

Regarding her state-of-the art 25 years ago technology: The keyboard I use is a Casio and it’s a Casio Tone MT200 and it is ancient.  I got it off eBay and I think it’s made in the ’80s.

Hear Wall with Lyla Foy tonight on Echoes or download the free podcast of the Echoes interview with Wall.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Climb Over Wall with Lyla Foy

May 10, 2013

Hear the Echoes interview with Lyla Foy of Wall

ShoestringI don’t think we’ve ever had an artist interviewed on the show with as little materiel as Wall.  That’s the recording persona of English singer-songwriter Lyla Foy who has managed to build up a lot of buzz with a sparse amount of materiel equaled only by her even sparser songs.  But those songs touch a deep and resonant chord of melancholy and beauty.  She’s just released a 5 song EP called Shoestring .

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Regarding “Left to Wonder”:  That was just a late night writing session, just me and a glass of wine, pouring my heart out.  That song was written about, I think about six months ago.

Lyla Foy of Wall

Lyla Foy of Wall

Regarding her Black Cab Session: There’s no pretense when you’re in the back of a cab.  You can’t, you can’t hide behind you know, like clever recording devices or you know, auto tune, God forbid, or any of those things.  Just, you and your singing, and it’s hot and you’re cramped.

Regarding her influences: I’m a massive fan of Beth Gibbons of Portishead.  And more current people, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, sort of women who have a very sort of articulate way of songwriting.

Regarding her state-of-the art technology: The keyboard I use is a Casio and it’s a Casio Tone MT200 and it is ancient.  I got it off eBay and I think it’s made in the ’80s.

Download the free podcast of the Echoes interview with Wall.

~John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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A London Taxi Ride with Wall.

May 7, 2013
Lyla Foy of Wall

Lyla Foy of Wall

Tonight on Echoes you can hear an interview with Lyla Foy of the English Dreampop band called Wall.  She came to renown when she participated in a web series called  The Black Cab Sessions.   A couple of guys would coerce musicains into the back of a big black London taxi and get them to play one song, which was filmed.  Artists like Mumford and SonsSt. Vincent, Bon Iver, William Orbit and The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson have participated.  So has Wall, even though they didn’t even have an album out at the time.  Catch a great interview with Wall’s Lyla Foy  talking about her EP, Shoestring tonight on Echoes .  Meanwhile, here’s her Black Cab Session.

~John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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