25-year-old Londoner Lyla Foy is putting out her long-awaited debut album Mirrors the Sky this month, a beautiful ten-track release that will be properly promoted with a handful of UK dates including a gig at London's Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre on March 19th. The 405 caught up with Foy so she could tell us more about her writing process and how Mirrors the Sky was born.

Here's what she had to say about her upcoming LP:

"I started writing Mirrors the Sky about a year ago, shortly after I put out my Shoestring EP. To get the bones of the album written, I decided to take a few trips out into the countryside. I stacked instruments and studio gear on the back seats and in the boot of my tiny motor which rarely allows more than 60 MPH (due to the four gears).

"One of my trips took me up to The Lake District, and another to the blustery coast of Cornwall, during a storm. There are birds and goats to be heard all over the recordings, if you listen closely. The album was named 'Mirrors the Sky', after a lyric from one of my favourite tracks on the record - 'Rumour'. I like the imagery it conjures of stormy skies reflected in calm waters - that sums up the album perfectly for me.

"When I'd finished writing the songs, I booked myself into Bella Union studios in London, with the lovely Iggy B. I brought my band in for a few days to put some live touches on the album. I didn't want to over cook the songs or track too much, so we just added touches of live drums, which brought some human feels to my otherwise robotic beats and a few layers of guitar and clarinet. We also played around with some good instruments that were resident at the studio - like Simon Raymonde's Mellotron and a lovely old Rhodes Piano. These sounds made the perfect finishing touches to the album. I love how it all came together, and I can't wait for it to finally come out."

Mirrors in the Sky is out on March 17th via Sub Pop.

  • Live Dates:
  • Mar. 17 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana
  • Mar. 19 - London, UK - Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
  • Mar. 20 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega Social Club
  • Mar. 21 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
  • Mar. 23 - Manchester, UK - The Castle Hotel