As we push further into the year, the first teasings of summer amicably begin to warm our hearts (and ears). In this light, we head to The Finsbury for our monthly residency with Lost in the Manor, for a night of hazy, tropical indie and brooding electronica.
First to the stage we had JOYYA, who had previously graced our stage last year to a delighted crowd. When watching, it’s clear to see that their style of electronica makes full utilisation of their small numbers. With two bodies on the stage, their live show enthrals with meticulously planned highs and perfectly-timed lows. Their latest release ‘Red Tune‘ was met with some familiar smiles, before they teased some newer tracks which we expect to see released soon.
Next up were Bow 3-piece KYLYPSO, who bought with them hazy, tropical vibes littered with a taste of summer. Their stage presence fit their sound perfectly; a melancholy aura not entirely unlike Mac Demarco, but with an electronic spin that welcomely sets them apart from the rest.
Their latest release ‘Deep Blue‘ filtered through the venue, covering the room in a delectable sheen of 80’s funk, complete with a modern twist. The rest of their repertoire showed an additional depth to their sound – something that kept the set dynamic and persistent throughout.
Finally, AMETHYSTS took to the stage to round off the night with their deeper, brooding noir pop. Like JOYYA, the duo make full use of their talents on stage, sharing their duties to deliver a full, layered sound.
Teasing influences of the beautiful simplicity of The xx (among others), their style is both resonant and decisively timely. With some modern pop intonations, their tracks are full of ear-tickling hooks and vocal sing-alongs – but it’s their use of refrain and harmonies that keeps them relevant to masses and niche-hunters alike.
Their latest release ‘Be There‘ is a perfect example of this, which had the crowd entranced and caught in a sway that wouldn’t let go. This element of their music was delectably infectious; a clear sign of their potential and growing acclaim.