The music of South-London newcomer Lyys seems to draw influence from across the musical spectrum. Present in her music are the jangling guitars of 1980’s influenced indie, the warm dream-pop of acts like Hazel English or Night Flowers and soaring vocals that are equal parts Stevie Nicks and Patience’s Roxanne Clifford. Recorded in her bedroom and mixed at Soup Studios, Lyys is set to release her debut EP next month, and ahead of that release we’re sharing the title track from it, Darling Enemy.
Discussing the inspiration behind the music, Lyys suggests, “the song and sound were inspired by the likes of Cocteau Twins and early Madonna mixed with Camera Obscura”. The resulting concoction is as hard to pin down as that suggests; warm, reverby vocals, accompanied by tremulous lead-guitar jangling, walls of hazy synths and driving guitar chords and a steady driving drum beat. It’s a euphoric summer-anthem, dressed up in a fleece-hooded winter coat.
Lyrically, Lyys suggests the track is, “about the tussle between love and hate in a relationship and how all of a sudden your ally can feel like your worst enemy”. Lyys has suggested Darling Enemy is inspired by the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and its central idea that our initial reaction to heartbreak is to want to erase everything about a person, and how by erasing the bad memories, we inevitably take the good ones away with it. The start of what could be a hugely bright future, Darling Enemy is a slice of perfect-pop and entirely unforgettable.
The Darling Enemy EP is out September 29th. Click HERE for more information on Lyys.