Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference when you're a singer/songwriter, like losing the glasses (or getting the glasses), picking up a new instrument, or even changing your performing name. Until quite recently, London-based singer-songwriter Lyla Foy was laboring under the cumbersome stage name WALL. We like Lyla, don't you?
Lyla's musical track began at the age of 25 when she decided to cancel plans with her friends in order to work on music at home. The result was the inadvertent launch of her career and the sparse tune "No Secrets," which she shared under the name WALL.
The buzz around "Secrets" led to other significant opportunities: appearing on Black Cab Sessions, the British Web series where artists perform in the back of a London taxi, and to eventually releasing an EP in 2013 called Shoestring.
Lyla has come out from behind her "wall" with her newest record under her own name, Mirrors the Sky. A disc haunted by dreamy romanticism and electronica that lend the record both passion and edge. Lyla notes many influential rock and R&B artists who have shaped her sensibilities from Chuck Berry to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. "I like to mix personal feelings and experiences with stuff that has nothing to do with me,” says Lyla on Sub Pop. “Taking how I feel in certain situations, but telling a little bit more of a story with it–so it’s not my story, but it has my voice in there. I’m a private person, so it doesn’t feel natural to me to just write about my relationship or something like that. I wouldn’t be so obvious with it.”
Enjoy "Left to Wonder" and be sure to check out all the grooves on I AM THAT GIRL's Music Monday's playlist, updated each week!
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