Lial - Embers

 

Lial - Embers

Lial – Embers

 

ARTIST NAME: Lial

 

SONG TITLE: Embers

 

ALBUM TITLE: Made to Break

 

RELEASE DATE: 2020

 

GENRE: Electronica/Pop/Singer-Songwriter

 

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Lial is a London artist making a haunting and melancholy strand of electronic pop, laced with a hypnotic and sensual vocal which has been likened to a mix of Kylie and Billie Ray Martin.

 

On 28th February, she releases brand new single Embers ahead of the release of her second EP, Made To Break, which follows in Summer 2020.

 

Lial cites artists such as Lapsley, Sia, and Lana Del Rey as influences, with her sound encompassing echoes of each. Lial’s enveloping minimal arrangements recall Lapsley’s dark, brooding alt-pop but coupled with Sia’s glistening pop-sensibility.

 

There’s also a touch of Del Rey’s sultry heartsick delivery, weighted by the subject matter of Lial’s songs.

 

New single Embers is about the struggle of removing oneself from a destructive situation that is simultaneously addictive.

 

The song’s darker undertones are laced with a wistful edge which Lial describes as “the recognition there is something good that could have been, even as you try to draw a line under it all.”

 

After performing live as a professional singer at big sports events including England Rugby matches, Lial began working on her own music.

 

In 2019 she shared her debut Heart Scars EP, self-released and unpromoted, it organically accumulated over 68k Spotify plays, UK and international blog posts for its lead title-track, and fans in a wide range of places.

 

Lial found music from the EP shared and championed on social media by fellow songstress Pixie Lott and actresses Lily James, Michelle Dockery and Jo Froggatt (among many others).

 

‘Embers’ is released as a digital single on 28th February. It is written by Lial alongside co-writer and producer Gregor McWilliam and mastered by John Davies.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I get inspiration from loads of different places but find especially fiction and poetry – I read a lot of poetry and write quite a bit as well.

 

I am a bit weirdly obsessed with language – I loved Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies because I am just in love with the language she uses and end up highlighting and rereading books like that.

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Discuss how you develop your music style.

I listen to a lot of other music and take influences from everything from a drum sound to an entire mood.

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Elaborate on multi-genre music.

Genres are definitions, right? I guess multi-genre music is about intersectionality and by its nature then it gets harder to define. But maybe that’s where it gets interesting.

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Tell us the best means of reaching fans.

I am trying to figure that out! I use Instagram a lot and Facebook a bit, but I think streaming platforms are important, although you obviously get a lot of passive listeners…

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Discuss the process involved in launching a musical career.

Do everything yourself but ask everyone for advice and help.

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Tell us how to develop a lyric to a full song.

It depends on the lyrics. Sometimes I will just sit with it for a few days, and ideas come at random times, sometimes I will brainstorm ideas for a few minutes on paper and those connections develop into a song.

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Tell us how you come up with a melody.

Melodies just arrive, and then you might tweak them.

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Tell us your ideal type of recording studio.

Relaxed, comfortable, warm (I get cold) filled with creative people who don’t take themselves too seriously.

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Describe the factors you consider in a good song.

Lyrics matter a lot to me, but I don’t think I can define other factors – just nothing contrived.

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Tell us how you impact your listeners with your songs.

I just try to make songs which I like, rather than aim to impact listeners as such – I think being true to yourself is the only way to do this and being honest about what you do and don’t like.

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Tell us how you interact with producers and music directors.

Honesty, openness and asking a lot of questions and asking for a lot of feedback!

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Tell us how you feel after the completion of a song.

So amazing! Like, on top of the world. Sometimes I then realize it is shit the next day but it’s such a great feeling when you’ve just finished a song!

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Tell us your worst song and state the reason.

I wrote a song, years ago called Habit, which never made it out thank god.

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Tell us what you will change in your music.

I have no idea, hopefully, it keeps developing and I can see myself going harder on the synths in the next record as I am listening to so much synthpop now.

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Tell us what is special about this release.

They’re very special to me because they speak the truth about being trapped in an unhappy place and I hope that speaks to others.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I want to get my live show ready, but obviously; plans to play live later in the year are on hold now with everything that is happening.

 

I am thinking of an album next and really want to reach as many people as possible who like the sounds I make.

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Tell us how you overcome obstacles.

I ask for help. I work with other people. I just try to keep going. I also rely on friends a lot because talking is key.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Embers’ is about that final ending to something that has burned out – that relationship with the person you always knew was wrong anyway, who messes you up and who you will always be a little bit in love with despite what they do.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

Lial is a respelling of my actual name, de Lisle.

 

The EP is called Made to Break as in we’re all destined to go through pains and that’s what hearts are made for.

 


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