|Wake Owl, The Ark, Ann Arbor|
Lyla Foy’s (she formerly performed as WALL with the same band) approach was disarming, with her small frame cloaked in a long, roomy, black clothing -- in fact, she nearly blended into the black curtains behind the stage. However, it was foolish to let her sweet, Goth-librarian appearance fool me, for there was a sense that she’s probably a bit of a bad ass. Lyla Foy’s instrumentation looked effortless, and sounded exquisite. Her performance was a set of songs characterized by intricate melodies, along with abstract, poetic, honest lyrics. Backed by two other musicians -- a drummer and another guitar player -- the band flaunted expert musicianship, and created rich, complex sounds. Looking toward the future, it’s likely that Lyla Foy will grow comfortable with her stage presence, and in time will propel forward as a serious force in music.