Kyla La Grange’s dark windswept songs about breaking up, getting together and death were the highlight of a recent Communion event at Brighton’s Prince Albert, and so today we bring you a little more of this new singer songwriter.
An ex philosophy student from Cambridge, Kyla La Grange was born in Essex to a Zimbabwean father and a South African mother, but grew up in Watford. After graduating from university her demo recordings garnered interest from Rollo from Faithless who introduced her to producer Marky Bates. The three of them have been working together on her debut album Ghosts, which is due to be finished fairly soon..
From the songs we’ve heard, Kyla is blessed with a slightly husky, sensual, smoked-out, nightime voice full of restrained passion. It’s pretty easy to be convinced after just one listen to medieval folk-rock ballad Lambs, where complex clattering live beats mix with heavy heartbeat drums, that Kyla is good. Or even better than good. Then there’s the emotionally chilly Vampire Smile where she sings “Baby you need to leave, ‘cos I’m getting drunk on your noble deeds. It doesn’t matter that they don’t get done, when I feel this cold they’re like the f*cking sun.” You can almost imagine her swigging a wine bottle as she spits out the words in a feisty manner. Such edgy savage lyrics and folk instrumentation could inevitably draw comparisons with artists like Laura Marling and Alessi’s Ark, and certainly if you are a fan of these acts Kyla La Grange may be one to keep your eye out for. Kyla is playing a number of gigs in the next few months including another date with Communion, this time in London at Notting Hill Arts Club, and a support slot at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen towards the end of May with Cibelle and La Shark. You can listen to Vampire Smile below and if you like it you can grab it until it disappears as a free download from her website