With an intoxicating voice that’s full of depth and soul, 20-year-old Liverpool singer songwriter Lydiah makes the sort of music that will grab you on the very first listen. There’s a gorgeously calm chemistry to what she does. Even when her vocal rises it does so with stately majesty. There’s no over the top holler here.
You can hear it on her debut single Holding Back, which intertwines acoustic guitar with gentle droplets of piano to create a beautiful canvas for her voice. Lydiah reminds me a little of another woman with the initial L - Laura Marling. Whilst vocally different there’s something about her self-assuredness combined with the folky sound that has a similarity. You can hear it in the gentle pause between the words’ I’m not the one holding back’ and ‘from you’. She’s absolutely in control and there’s no rush in her delivery.
Lydiah has already established herself on her local scene. In 2017 she won the Judges Award in the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Competition, she has picked up a number of high-profile support slots and in 2019 performed at Liverpool’s Sound City Festival. Holding Back is her debut single proper and it’s a peach. I can’t wait to hear more.