words by Tanya Bonnie Rae

Viennese experimental pop girl/boy duo Leyya have announced a debut thirteen-track album Spanish Disco via LasVegas Records. The LP kicks off with angelic, wistful, wondrous tracks ‘I Want You’ and ‘Wolves’. ‘Brando’ is a marvelous, sultry little standout, with the lead female vocals reminiscent of Portishead’s critically acclaimed 1994 debut album Dummy.

It’s downtempo in its musical structure and composition, and has a rawness and honesty about it that leaves you with a curious, burdening question mark hanging over your head. Spanish Disco is an enigma wrapped in an enigma. Every track differs from its predecessor (sometimes only slightly, sometimes noticeably), but the whole album progresses with a natural, organic ease. It slows down towards the second half of the album but still, never looses it’s magic.

The tracks range from ambient trip hop sounds, to soft electronic beats, to experimental dream pop intertwined with obscure, minimal sound affects that somehow still allow the music to sound pure and wholesome.

The vocals are whispery, almost ethereal sounding, and the final track ‘Acid Outro’, concludes in the same fashion as the beginning track ‘Dyno Into’. Each song flows beautifully and with grace, Spanish Disco is one album that deserves to be listened to in its complete entirety.

Rating: ★★★★☆


Leyya‘s Spanish Disco will be available from iTunes on May 15.


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