Lyla Foy has premiered her ethereal new video for “River”. Foy described the concept of the video: “In a perfect world my music would always be heard with a visual element, especially film or something animated. We wanted to make a minimal but beautiful moving image which would enhance the song without crushing your imagination.”.
It’s a timely release as she’s now on her US tour, which includes an appearance at CMJ Music Festival on Saturday the 17th for Flower Bookings showcase. The new EP UMi spans between the atmospheric He Is Lost and River to the rousing musical arrangements and expectant melodies of Glow In The Dark and Tiger to create a detailed insight into Lyla’s new material.
UMi is an abbreviation of Ursa Minor, a constellation in the northern sky also known as Smaller She-Bear or Little Bear. The collection of songs reflects night time and is a direct contrast to Lyla’s Sub-Pop debut Mirrors The Sky, released in March 2014, whose image is daytime and daylight. The EP was released digitally on October 2nd, as well as limited vinyl copies, featuring an exclusive bonus track Blue Door.
Lyla Foy has spent much of the last year touring throughout Europe and America with the last six months spent working on her new recordings. Originally under the moniker WALL, Lyla Foy released her self-produced debut album Mirrors The Sky under her own name. Her new EP will be the first new material released since Spring 2014 and she is also currently working on her second album.
Having toured with the likes of The National, Sharon Van Etten, Midlake and Phosphorescent, along with playing festivals including Glastonbury and End Of The Road, Lyla is back performing a run of shows in the USA next month and will be appearing at New York’s CMJ festival, with shows still to be announced. Full live dates as follows…
UMi Track Listing
1. Beginning It All Again
2. Glow In The Dark
4. Right To Be
6. He Is Lost
Oct 6 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Oct 7 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Palace
Oct 8 – Ventura, CA – The Garage
Oct 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre
Oct 12 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Oct 17 – New York, NY – CMJ (Flower booking showcase @ Knitting Factory)