I’ve come to realize that my entire playlist consists of male musicians with the occasional female here and there. And this is not me being sexist as I’m a girl myself, but in today’s industry, it’s all about shock factor, dumbing yourself down or partying for 11 days straight when it comes to women. Yes there’s Adele, but how many songs do you need about this one guy who broke your heart? Anyway, I think that’s about to change (my playlist being male-dominated, not me being a girl).
Lydia Baylis is a cross between Fleetwood Mac and The Cure – a combination I’d never imagined previously, (and artists I’ve never really listened to fanatically), but a mix I’ve found – through Lydia – to be absolute genius. She’s got the soothing pop stylings of Stevie Nicks with a haunted “Cure-ish” feel.
Her songs flow with sophistication and beautifully intoxicating melodies. I love ‘Into the Water’ with every one of its notes full of emotion and a subtle longing, the percussion driving a beat chillingly up your spine.
A girl who knows sorrow and happiness, love and loss, she is ultimately a brilliant storyteller, with stardom in her future.
An Oxford university graduate, it’s no wonder her lyrics are evocative. Providing a depth and richness through abstract concepts and vague lyrics, she is the epitome of creativity. But her music is relatable with a humbleness and confidence in her craft. You could be the man on the streets or the woman in a Bentley, the girl in school or the boy in college and still find something in her music.
Another track of hers is called ‘Echo’, and its from her debut EP, Those Green Flowers.
This song is based on a Greek myth about a mortal who angers the Gods and is plagued with only being able to echo. She follows the man she is in love with around, but can only repeat what he says, so she is never able to tell him she loves him. It is about things that are unattainable and things that are lost in life. It is about not being able to say what you wish you could, or someone not being able to hear what you need to say. To me, it is a terribly sad song, because there is a hopelessness in unrequited love that makes it more tragic than heartbreak. –Lydia Baylis
The structure is layered intricately, while maintaining a classical breeziness, topped off with sorrow-filled guitars, a passion-filled bass and a mature pop edge. Her voice, though soft, is heartbreaking, and the song is not only mythological in its story, but also in that its beauty and the easiness with which it flows is magic.
If you’re looking for a true artist, follow her on Twitter: @LydiaBaylis
Also check out her website HERE.
Enjoy and spread the word!