The Sub Pop family got an additional member today with the signing of the London-based artist, Lyla Foy. It’s very possible that you were previously aware of Lyla through her former moniker, WALL, as she made some waves under that nom de guerre with the release of a couple critically-lauded EPs. Make the jump over to The Guardian, who have the scoop on Lyla Foy as well as the premiere of her track beautiful track, “Easy”, to which they eloquently note that, “It’s basically the perfect soundtrack to the impending winter chill”. We’re couldn’t be more ready to usher in that harshest of seasons if we’ve got Lyla Foy’s music to get us through. Welcome to the family, Lyla.
A few months ago, we shared the wonderful fact that we can officially call the London-based singer/songwriter, Lyla Foy (formerly WALL), part of the Sub Pop family. Today, we return with more fantastic news about Lyla, or more specifically, her debut record, Mirrors the Sky. The fantastic news goes a little like this: on March 18th, Lyla Foy’s beautiful full-length debut will be available wherever fine music is sold.
Pre-orders of Mirrors the Sky via iTunes will receive a download of the album track “Feather Tongue” immediately. LP pre-orders through the Sub Pop Mega Mart will receive the limited, colored-vinyl, Loser Edition and all pre-orders will get a complimentary Lyla Foy tote bag. And as is the case with all things of a limited nature, when the Loser Edition and Lyla Foy tote bags are gone, they’re gone. Which is to say, this is a classic while-supplies-last scenario.
Hear the Mirrors the Sky track, “Feather Tongue”, in the embedded player now.
Lyla Foy’s beautiful debut, Mirrors the Sky, is official on record store shelves worldwide (and here!). Watch the plot-twisting new video for the album track, “Feather Tongue”, with the help of the embedded player.
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Sub Pop is very pleased to announce our involvement with this year’s OFF Festival, to be held August 1st-3rd in Katowice, Poland. Now in its 8th year, the lineup features the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deafheaven, Glenn Branca, Fuck Buttons, Loop, Earth, Dean Wareham, Dirty Beaches, Chelsea Wolfe, Perfume Genius, Perfect Pussy and more to be announced.
On Friday, August 1st Sub Pop will curate the Experimental Stage, with a lineup that includes artists from the labels roster, past and present, our sister label Hardly Art, and a few Polish bands. Artists performing include: Wolf Eyes, Rose Windows, clipping., Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Kaseciarz (Krakow, PL) and Wild Books (Warszawa, PL).
Please find additional information about each of the performers below.
“Choking Flys” (From No Answer - Lower Floors / Destijl)
Some say Rock N Roll will never reach the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s: Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of late-’90s Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals.
“Work Work” feat. Cocc Pistol Cree (From CLPPNG / Sub Pop)
Before the release of clipping.’s debut, 2013’s Midcity, the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson did not expect to find an audience for their abrasive brand of rap music. But since the formation of clipping. and the release of their debut album, the field of commercial music enlarged ever so slightly, making room again for noisier, more adventurous elements in electronic production. Examples of this have been incremental, mere baby steps, so far. And despite clipping.’s insistence that they’re really just making rap— not noise-rap, industrial-rap, or any other mashup genre— their music might be more sonically challenging than that of the punkish rap rockers, lo-fi bedroom producers, and street goth hybridist’s they’ve been lumped with so far. The band will release their Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, this June.
“Feather Tongue” (From Mirrors the Sky / Sub Pop)
Lyla Foy (formerly known as WALL) released Mirrors the Sky, her Sub Pop debut in March. The London singer and producer specializes in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.
“Scum Rise” (from Under Color of Official Right / Hardly Art)
Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right.
“Heavenly Days” (From The Sun Dogs / Sub Pop)
Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs, the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors’ organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music. Rose Windows have toured the West Coast several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle.
“Oranges & Lemons” (from Wild Books / Instant Classic)
Who said you could only play rootsy, dirty, sunburned rock in Texas or Tennessee? The duo Wild Books proves that you set out from a Polish garage to follow in the footsteps of Jack White and The Black Keys. Wild Books’ self-titled 2014 debut record showcases retro-rock in its whole ass-kicking glory.
“Dance” (from Motörcycle Rock and Roll / Instant Classic)
Three years ago, this guy proved you could be a surfer in southern Poland. This year he’s back with Motörcycle Rock and Roll, a mix of psychedelia, garage, and surf, or as he likes to call it, “garbage rock.” Fortunately the sound quality is inversely proportional to its aesthetic value. Maciej Nowacki’s music will blow your socks off, even though he himself admits that the only reason he got into music in the first place was to prove he was in the arts at parties.
Lyla Foy’s beautiful debut, Mirrors the Sky, was released about a month ago to an awful lot of well deserved critical acclaim, and she’s about to embark on an extensive tour, including a first trip through the good old U. S. of A. Watch this brand new live performance of the album track, “Impossible”, and see Lyla on tour.
Lyla Foy on Tour:
Apr. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
Apr. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall**
Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**
Apr. 21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ark**
Apr. 22 - Columbus, OH - Basement**
Apr. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Winery
Apr. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC**
Apr. 25 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939**
Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy**
May 01 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival @ Tea Leaf Shop
May 03 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds Festival @ Leeds College of Music
May 04 - Killkenny, IE- Killkenny Roots Festival @ Cleeres
May 05 - Killkenny, IE - Killkenny Roots Festival @ Pumphouse
May 09 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival @ Unitarian Church
May 25 - Brussells, BE - Botanique Grand Salon / Nuits Botanique*
May 28 - Paris, FR - Cafe de la Danse*
May 29 - Luzern, CH - Schuur
Jun. 01 - Koln, DE - Studio 672*
Jun. 02 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub*
Jun. 03 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet*
Jun. 05 - London, UK - Koko*
Jun. 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret
Jun. 27 - Norje, SE - Bravalla Festival
Jul. 27 - North Yorkshire, UK - Deer Shed Festival
Aug. 01 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival (Sub Pop Stage)
Aug. 29 - Cambridge, UK - Lodestar Festival
Aug. 30-31 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
* w/ Sharon Van Etten
** w/ Wake Owl