Scandinavia of course has had a history of female electronica, indie pop artists that include MØ, Susanne Sundfør, Björk, Aurora, Anna of the North, Tove Lo and Say Lou Lou, just to name a few.
But for the the longesy time it is Sweden that has been synonymous with a plethora of chart topping electro pop successes. Now it's Finland's time to shine because Lyel, like Feels who I featured a few weeks ago, is another Helsinki based indie-pop artist starting to make waves in the Nordic music industry. I've had her tracks on loop ever since I first heard them and they instantly made an impression on me and I feel like I've been a fan for months not weeks. So, let's have a listen and see if you agree!
‘Shadow’ is actually the third single from Lyel and yet I'm starting this post with this song because according to Lyel herself, it is a song that best describes her as an artist. And so we begin this track with a haunting little synth opening that leads to dark, edgy lyrics that builds to a strong, empowering chorus. I really love the symbolism of the light and shade, the 'shadow' in this track. It's crafted really beautifully even from the lovely lifts towards the chorus, the light, to the stagnant synth beat over the darker lyrics, the shadow. Overall it is for sure a haunting synth-pop song but sprinkled with a large dose of Nordic sparkle that will instantly get you singing it back.
If I had to pick just one of Lyel's track to be a favourite I think 'Raven' would be it. With a glorious nod to the 80s with a strong pulsating synth bass rhythm underlying the whole track, Lyel's silky sweet echoey vocals soar through the chorus to make this one mighty fine ballad esque pop song. From 2.30 there is the most divine icy rising synth melody that will have you imagining you're in a lush icy Scandinavian backdrop. It's so deliciously enigmatic and you will want to play this again and again and then some more.
I do hope you've enjoyed hearing the music of Lyel with me today, and if you have, I urge you to download or stream Lyel's beautiful music right now because she is just starting out and truly is destined for magical things. Share it with your liked minded music-soul friends like I will or head to her social media below to tell her how much you love what she's doing! She's the loveliest, sweetest girl and has incredible interaction with her supporters.
And finally, if you've enjoyed this post don't forget to check out my other Music Monday posts, and in particular for those that loved the sound of Lyel, my Scandi Pop music posts may take your liking as well.
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