Dancing With The Stars is definitely not my buzz at all but delighted to see Cork’s Lyra build on her recent success with placements on Teen Wolf and Striking Out (I was lead music supervisor on that) and Shazam and iTunes chart placements. She appeared on the show to sing ‘Emerald’ backed with some epic drums.
The first gig announced for Thursday May 11th for Music Cork conference and showcase is a Nialler9-hosted one with three of the brightest emerging Irish artists to play at Cyprus Avenue. We have rising Cork pop artist Lyra, electro-pop partystarters Le Boom and upcoming Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy.
Music Cork is a new conference and showcase event taking place in Cork city from Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th May.
Featuring talks from industry professionals at The Clayton Hotel throughout the daytime, announced speakers include:
Darcus Beese, President of Island Records, booking agents Geoff Meall (UTA / Muse), Steve Zapp (ITB / Biffy Clyro) and Josh Javor (X-Ray / Coldplay), publishing like Martin Toher (B-Unique) and Tommas Arnby (Locomotion).
The London-based Cork artist Lyra debut with an impressively polished ambient pop song called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ last month that simultaneously recalled Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs and Swedish pop.
Last night, Lyra played her debut gig at Communion Music’s night in London and she dropped ‘Emerald’, her second track just before it.
That song was largely about embracing her Irish accent – something she does here too. Also embraced, big drums and production, sustained chords and a grand chorus.
This song was also featured in the RTE TV Show Striking Out starring Amy Huberman in January 2017.
Production comes from Rupert Christie (Kate Bush, Coldplay, Aurora, Say Lou Lou).
Lyra is a new artist who has debuted with an intriguing ambient pop track called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ in which you can hear traces of Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs, Swedish pop sensibilities and a strong Irish accent too.
The song has big drums, an underlying electronic production and a big ethereal chorus with Lyra singing “Glorious! You are glorious.”
Flattery gets you everywhere Lyra.
Interestingly, the song is about that strong Irish accent of hers – something she’s embraced.
“I tried to sing differently for so much of my childhood – I even tried singing with a British accent! It made me unhappy trying to be something that I wasn’t. Ultimately I learned I couldn’t be anything other than my true self – I wrote this song to help myself and others realise, there’s only one you on this earth – be it”.
The song was produced by Rupert Christie (Kate Bush, Coldplay, Aurora, Say Lou Lou)
Lyra grew up singing in church before her older sister taught her harmony singing. Lyra plays the bodhran and drums. She has recently moved to London to concentrate on music.