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Single Review: “Air, Part 2” – Lycio.

What I like about this track is the use of synthesisers on it, it’s nice and spacious overall! The crackle of the vinyl at the beginning gives you the feeling this could have been recorded in the 80s, and this is reinforced with the way that the drums have a bit of a swing to them too. There’s a nice reversed effect on the piano at around 1:09 to 1:19. The may or may not be intentional but it feels like that the track is breathing at this point, because the star here is the vocals, and it pushes her vocals to the fore. I love the very 90s piano solo at 2:05 – I bet that came from the Korg M1 library? Very tasty!

This is a well produced track overall!

Off of the back of a BBC Airwaves Festival performance alongside artists such as Griff and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, UK Electronic Hybrid trio Lycio release their latest single ‘I Wanna Know’ via their own imprint Lycio Records. 

Since forming on the day of the notorious UK referendum vote, Lycio built a reputation as a flawless and prolific live act. The three piece have racked up countless iconic performances as an independent act, playing slots and festivals seemingly unreachable to bands of their beginnings. Lycio twice performed at Chris ​Evans’ ​CarFest (BBC Children in Need) & Alex James’ Big Feastival​ (BBC Introducing), have featured at The Great Escape Festival​ and impressively provided support for national heavyweight icons such as ​Rae​ ​Morris​, YONAKA, ​Self​ ​Esteem & fellow DIY-ers Low Island. It’s little wonder that Lycio were named BBC Introducing Artist of the Week for BBC Hereford & Worcester in 2020.

With a focus on championing females in music, Lycio take an egalitarian view of how their music is developed, allowing for an exciting, collaborative and democratic writing process. Vocalist and lyricist Genie Mendez, keyboardist Charlie Kellie and drummer Alex Lowe are each multi-instrumentalists, resulting in their performances being held completely live with no backing tracks or playback. Frequently the songs written revolve around singer Mendez’ expressions of her own mental health and Kellie even designed his own software specifically to perform live.

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