reaking through the radical underground scene, Amsterdam/London’s LYZZA returns with her third EP DEFIANCE. Following the release of Powerplay (2017) and IMPOSTER (2018), DEFIANCE centres on LYZZA’s inventive songwriting, showcasing her powerful crossover dynamic and fascinating take on pop music.
Moving away from the club, DEFIANCE looks to themes of relationships, heartbreak and resilience with LYZZA echoing ‘you’ll never be the one for me’ on opening track ‘The 1.0’. Flowing into ’Oblique’, LYZZA references to a guarded personality as she experiments with vocal techniques allowing her voice to distant in and out from the hard-hitting percussive soundscape. ‘Hellraiser XXX’ ramps up attitude as LYZZA’s powerful lyrics layer over hyperkinetic beats.
The second half of DEFIANCE lends itself more into the pop world as LYZZA collaborates with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Jungle’s Tom McFarland on the dreamy ‘Neverland’. Allowing songwriting to take centre stage, ’Tangerine Dream’ is one of LYZZA’s most emotive records to date as she approaches it in ballad style. There’s a thoughtful approach to DEFIANCE as the release goes full circle with ‘+00 Burner Call’ referencing back to the shrilling notes found in earlier tracks. The track was produced alongside Year0001 affiliate Woesum who has worked with Yung Lean and Thaiboy Goon.
DEFIANCE is due to be released on the 21st November 2019 with first single ‘Hellraiser XXX’ out now.
As recovery girl, Galen Tipton has created pop music for dancing back from the cliff’s edge, taking despair and anger and fear and turning it into a healing potion, an extra life when one is most needed. Bandcamp Album of the Day May 1, 2020