REVIEW // Lyel // Raven


Helsinki-based indie-pop artist Lyel is working to join a respected milieu.

After all, Scandinavia holds a long tradition of electronica-based female pop artists – , Susanne Sundfør, and the inimitable Björk (although she’s not quite pop) just to name a few of them.

Lye’s second single boasts a chilled-out, minimal production palate. Smooth synth pads and guitar plucking give the song an updated new wave sound. It’s almost like what Future Islands could sound like were they not frozen in 1985.

It evokes images of a cold city night (perhaps partially due to the artwork), and pulsating analog synth bass rhythms at times gives it a deep house feel. But make no mistake – the 80s is still swirling around in this track. Going retro is still hip, and this song demonstrates why. Some like to dismiss electronic music as being soulless or devoid of emotion – but strong lyrics, melodies, and production ought to make it just as good as any other pop song with real instruments. And this is certainly a solid pop song.

Also, I don’t know if she’s meant to be German or Finnish, but I don’t know any Finnish. So my final verdict will be: Es ist total geil. Give it a listen, and give her your support. You know Lyel is just starting out because she still responds to her Facebook comments. And I consider that highly commendable.


Hometown:  Helsinki, Finland (according to everywhere else). Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (according to Facebook).
Sounds like: Duran Duran, Owl Eyes, Björk.
Say what? As mentioned throughout the review, is she from Germany or Finland? The world will never know for sure.

Over and out, Darren.

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