Introducing Lyra, an infectious Soul/R&B band pushing the boundaries of the genre

Based in London, Lyra is an infectious Soul/R&B act pushing the envelope of their genre. Drawing inspiration from 90s R&B culture to modern-day funk, soul, and pop, the band takes influence from artists including Lily Moore, Olivia Dean, Stevie Wonder, Don Broco, Polyphia, Tom Misch, Cory Wong, and Amy Winehouse.

Since forming in 2016, Lyra has been making themselves known around the London circuit, performing at iconic venues including The Bedford, Spice Of Life, Paper Dress Vintage, 229, and Camden Assembly. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of “Scouting For Girls,” “Blue,” and “Sophie Ellis Bextor” and are set to support BLOXX at The Bristol Exchange in February.

Lyra’s latest release ‘Rooftops’ narrates a story about finding love in a challenging situation. The main character comes to the realisation that they’re moving on to a new chapter in life, and for that to happen, an old chapter has to come to an end.

The song boasts a string-heavy palette with a mix of soul and pop production. Big reverbs and delayed guitars offset the up-close and personal nature of the lyrics. The band aimed to create an atmosphere that made the listener feel as if they were sitting front and center in the Royal Albert Hall. The bridge catches you off guard with anthemic stomps and claps beneath a soft bed of harmonized backing vocals and a bluesy lead.

Lyra moved away from their previous recording strategies and entered the studio as a full band, recording the foundational instruments together in one room before self-producing the song. The music video for ‘Rooftops’ is taken from the recording session when it was tracked.

‘Rooftops’ is available now via all major platforms.

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