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Mirrors the Sky - it is stripped of all excess. The record, released via Sup Pop, doesn't try to pack in as much as possible into the sound. Instead, Lyla Foy keeps herself where she feels most comfortable: simplistic compositions where her wonderful voice gets to stand out and shine out in her distinct, innocent-seeming fashion. The album feels as if Lyla Foy has taken off the covers and is standing undressed in front of her audience - honest, sincere and with nothing to hide.

Throughout Mirrors the Sky, Lyla Foy's warm and comforting voice remains the focus. There's a characteristic sense of intimacy attached to the songs, through which you could almost feel as if Lyla were present - right there in front of you, singing the songs to you and no one else. As she mixes subtle touches of bleeps and electronic flicks with simple and toned down instrumental pieces, such as in 'I only', Lyla Foy presents beautiful and whole arrangements to which you really couldn't add anything nor take away - they feel good exactly the way they are. The first song that hits the mark near-perfectly is 'Impossible'. The simple delay-laden guitar arrangement, combined with the feistiest singing on the whole album, give rise to Mirrors the Sky's first peak. 'Impossible' would have significant crossover appeal as a single and may thus prove to make Lyla Foy's music more accessible to a wider audience.

'No Secrets', which brought Lyla Foy heaps of attention and critical acclaim back in 2012 when she was still writing music under the moniker WALL, delivers another highlight from Mirrors the Sky. The singer explores the themes of love, relationships and the insecurities attached to them. She sings, "When it begins to be spring / I hope we'll keep no secrets to ourselves / I hung around for a year / you're worth two," as if she was always yearning for something she couldn't quite reach, for something that she knows would leave a burning mark. It progresses slowly, layer by layer and develops into a haunting piece that leaves the longing phrase, "Tell me it's not over yet" ringing in the listeners ears for a long time to come. 'Only Human' follows up 'No Secret' in a similar, magnificently tender but catchy fashion. The whispering vocals, joyous harmonies and atmospheric vibe fill the minimalist song with a sunny and sincere emotion.

In commenting that Mirrors the Sky is about "stormy skies reflected in calm waters," Lyla Foy quite perfectly encapsulates the overarching feel and theme of the album. The peacefulness of the record is a tool through which the 25-year-old Londoner explores her fears and aspirations in the most honest manner possible to herself and to her listeners. Mirrors the Sky is a beautiful debut by an incredibly talented musician who has very bright prospects for the future. She sings, "Tell me it's not over yet" -- it's not; it's only just begun.

"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)."

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