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HYLA“Foreign Tower” (single review) – 14/09/17

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Photo: Till Death

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The premise of ‘stranger in a strangeland’ is a popular one for artists; taking them out of their usual surroundings and exposing themselves to foreign environments and a sense of isolation can yield introspective, ambitious work. For Perth’s Alex Hayes, former member of The Silents, he did exactly that branching out with new outfit Hyla to offer Foreign Tower, the third song from his imminent album Osaka.

The dreamy song begins with the simple strumming of a guitar that opens up with Hayes’ melancholic and ultimately lonely voice, sometimes hard to decipher yet at other times clear as a bell like when he intones, “I am my father’s son”. It’s a song that strongly elicits its imagery by way of a slow burn arrangement and unhurried contemplation harking back to the psychedelia rock of the early 80s.

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There is something to really be savoured in the simplicity and deliberate pace of Foreign Tower. This is one you’ll want to pop on a quiet afternoon when you want to while away time and mull over your thoughts. With previous singles Frontier and Swam Out, Hayes piques interest for Osaka with three inviting songs each with its own tonal quality.

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Osaka is due for release 15th September.

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3 stars

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AMNPLIFY – DB

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