LAYLA is an engaging young artist who writes music to "understand how humans operate." Unafraid to be vulnerable, she produces songs that are euphoric and painful in equal measure, operating in a devastatingly raw and personal framework of jealousy, doubt and the wide-eyed giddiness of youth. Taking on a convincingly DIY approach, she writes, arranges and records her music at the bottom of her garden in 'The Burrow,' a fairy light-drenched space where she finds the quiet to "burrow down and uncover things that are hiding inside." With a striking vocal delivery akin to Feist, the rhythmic and textured arrangements of Efterklang and the pop sensibilities of Kimbra to match, LAYLA creates lush and powerful soundscapes that carefully maintain a sense of honesty and intimacy, and showcase hauntingly poetic lyrics, gilded melodies and shimmering piano lines that nod gently to her classical piano training and background in English Literature.
LAYLA has announced the release of her exceptional new four-track EP "Weightless" on November 10th. "Weightless" follows on from LAYLA's last critically acclaimed EP "Black Mud." Maintaining her adept vocal style and rich use of instrumentation, "Weightless" showcases LAYLA's development as an artist and sees her pushing her songwriting into a more celebratory and innovative territory.
Layla's "Smokestacks" from her last EP "Black Mud" hit the top of the Hype Machine chart earlier this year after receiving massive support from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, The 405, Hilly Dilly and Neon Gold, amongst many others. 'Smokestacks' achieved great pick up at radio; Zane Lowe's Hottest Record on Radio 1, Jo Good's Shock of the New on XFM, Danielle Perry's Single of the Week on XFM, Simon Raymonde's (Bella Union) Record of the Week on Amazing Radio, plus evening playlist at XFM and plays from 6 Music and great support from BBC London.