Dark-Pop Singer-Songwriter Lyrah Makes Her Dreamy Debut
If we were the gambling type, we’d bet big money that Lyrah will be a household name soon. She’ll sell out stadiums and she’ll climb the charts.
Right now, though, you might not know her name. Lyrah just released her debut EP, Chemicals, a few days ago, but she’s spent years honing her craft, dabbling in genre-blending musical pursuits and other creative efforts. Chemicals comes at just the right time — with springtime on its way, we’re desperate for new pop to dance around outside to and blast on late-night car rides.
Hear what Lyrah told us about the new EP below:
Chemicals kicks off with “When We’re High,” a wholly surprising opener because it exists somewhere in the limbo between Lorde and Lana. It’s one of those songs that’s addictive from the very first note — you just know that something’s going to burst open and bleed, but it starts off slow and slinking with Lyrah’s breathy vocals before the eruption comes; a smattering of bass warbles and chugging synth all in a smash beneath Lyrah’s perfect voice. On the next track, “Are You All Alone?,” she blends the pumping shadows of The xx with her own dynamic dance-pop rhythms. It’s icy cold in its slaps and smacks, a serious club anthem for the black-hearted.
The halfway point of the EP finds “Down Low,” a banger destined for radio. Lyrah has an inimitable talent for defying genre and merging sonic elements like they belong together when they really shouldn’t, so we get a groovy guitar line full of twang riffing among buoyant percussion. In and out the track weaves through wispy verses and a sugary sweet hook. Chemicals ends with “Don’t Make Me,” an effective amalgamation of everything that had come before it. We get more of those dark dance rhythms, Lyrah’s quivering voice hitting new heights, and the manic mix of synth beats, all merging for a seesaw soundscape.
On her debut EP, Lyrah makes a major entrance. This is the kind of record you’ve heard pieces of before in your favorite artists, but somehow, like magic, Lyrah sculpts them together to create an expertly produced, fully-fledged selection of dreamy and dizzying dark-pop tracks.
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