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Lyla Foy: Mirrors The Sky (Sub Pop)

Vannesa Bernal April 1, 2014

Overall Score

Lyla Foy Mirrors The Sky

Soothing, ethereal and inviting, Lyla Foy’s newest album Mirrors The Sky gives us the perfect landscape to drift off and lose ourselves. Intricate in execution, yet still maintaining the intimacy that she’s known for, the lush album is Foy’s first on Sub Pop Records, self-produced and under her own name.

After performing under the name WALL for a brief moment in 2012, the 25-year-old London songwriter finally manages to show us a side of her that’s complex, innovative and incredibly talented, giving us the ultimate experience of solitude with this debut.

With an intro full of synth beats—reminiscent of something that could very well be on the soundtrack or score for Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed film, Her—opening track “Honeymoon” sets the foundation for what is to be the perfect futuristic coffeehouse soundtrack. In the midst of all those symphonic beats, cruising along is Foy’s hushed vocals, which also seem to give structure to the song.

Two tracks in, the song “Impossible” brings in slow high-pitched guitar riffs by guitarist Dan Bell and a steady drumbeat from Andy Goodall while giving Foy some legroom to be haunting and sultry with her lyrics. Later, track “Feather Tongue” gives the album a light touch and the illusion that with one simple change or rise of vocals it could have been a pop song sensation.

Tracks like “Easy” and “Someday” lead us back to that calming, almost dream-like sound. With deep and rich keyboard melodies and stripped-down vocals by Foy, the album stays consistent and on track.

Overall, the organic sounds and Foy’s touching vocals on Mirrors The Sky create the perfect soundtrack for a stimulation of deep thoughts or experiencing a quiet afternoon in the countryside.