Lyla Foy, Mirrors the Sky (out now, Sub Pop, lylafoy.com)
After she wrote the minimal, melody-driven “No Secrets,” originally released under the stage name WALL, praise from the likes of BBC Radio and Pitchfork inspired London-based singer-songwriter Lyla Foy to drop the moniker and continue writing. Sky is her self-produced debut, and kicks off with “Honeymoon,” the first taste of her multifaceted voice. As the vocalist alternates between low whisper-singing and a crystal-clear, angelic tone, she creates an ethereal backdrop for bandmates Dan Bell (guitar, keyboards), Oli Deakin (bass, keyboards), and Andy Goodall (drums). “Rumour” has a rootsy, more grounded sound, while “Someday” plays up a slightly darker mood. Lyrically, Foy focuses on romance and the drama that is often part of the package, and the album’s charming lo-fi quality fits with its low-key vibe. Carefully crafted and dreamy, the album is the epitome of a lazy Sunday—you know, those languid, leisurely days of lounging around alone or with close friends or loved ones, throwing cares to the wind and saving to-do lists for another time. Songs like the synthy “I Only” and “Feather Tongue” are perfect examples, and a clear indication of how far she can take her wide-ranging pop sound.