April 19, 2016 — “Chaos For You” by Hyla


If you only listen to one song today, make it “Chaos For You” by Hyla (2016, from the “Chaos For You” single).

Hyla is a shoegaze/noise/dream pop quartet from Perth. I don’t know much about them. The guys have been friends for a long time and have been around the music industry for about a decade, but they only formed Hyla in 2014 or so. They released a self-titled EP in early 2014, then the Fever Calls Late EP last June. They draw influence from the heavyweights of the UK shoegaze scene in the 80s and 90s. The Mary Chain, the Valentines, Ride, Slowdive. You get the idea. However, instead of fitting into one of those molds, they have their own sound and they’re stamping their own seal on things. Along the way, they’ve generated quite a buzz in the Aussie indie music press and on Triple J radio down there. I had never heard of them until I was sorting through some emails and reading some of my resources for new Australian music. It didn’t take long for me to decide that I like this very much. Again, I don’t know much about this band, and I can’t dig up very much, but it sounds like they’re planning to release an album sometime in 2016.

Today’s song has a bit of musky, sweaty, smokey overtones. It’s also got some shimmery brightness and some melody. It’s dark and it’s light. It’s cold and it’s warm. It’s like a tiny, battered boat weathering rough sea: it should capsize, but it doesn’t.

Without further ado, this is that song:
“Chaos For You” by Hyla

You can get the “Chaos For You” single backed with an older song called “Thousands” via Bandcamp. Go here to name your own price. And be on the lookout for a full length from them later this year.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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