Washed ashore by a vigorous tide, OUTLYA’s new single ‘Higher’ arrives at breaking point all too suddenly but by its end, figures a truth much more profound. Currently making their debut excursion around the UK with piano-pop titan Frances, the group relay salvation in the best way they know how, through easily palatable (and incredibly infectious) pop music.
Now more than ever, music needs to diversify to survive. Homogeneity becomes restrictive and pollutes the airflow, risking any and all sense of originality: in truth, the very essence of creativity. So to hear a band like OUTLYA – a trio which stand true to their values and are reluctant to budge by peer pressure or other external forces – they underpin the fundamental nature of musicianship and what it means to be an artist. Their songs may be commercially minded but let’s not condemn their ambition, for with this desire comes a freedom to experiment, to diversify on a large scale, to influence the wider populous.
A song like ‘Higher’ speaks of conquering battles through the means of inner release, of an escape to the imagination. It may seem like a retreat on the surface but when fortified as an uplifting serenade, a metamorphosis occurs: the world-weary cries become clamours of strength, uniting rather than isolating, surging with purpose not shrinking in doubt. When this rite of passage is plied to swelling harmonies and the adhesive might of pop and thrown forth with the coarse flair of rock, the combination is too pervasive to warrant ignorance. Trust me, if ‘Higher’ isn’t the catchiest track you’ve heard all year then count me out of this game.
OUTLYA’s second single ‘Higher’ is out now via Harbour Masters. Find on iTunes here.
OUTLYA’s forthcoming live dates:
Fri 7th – Birmingham, o2 Institute (supporting Frances)
Sun 9th – Bristol, Trinity (supporting Frances)
Mon 10th – Brighton, Concord 2 (supporting Frances)
Tues 11th – London, Shepherds Bush Empire (supporting Frances)
Weds 26th – London, Camden Assembly (headline show)
Sat 29th – Live at Leeds
Thurs 18th – The Great Escape
Sat 10th – Bushstock
Fri 30th – Barn On The Farm
Sat 1st – Barn On The Farm
Sat 15th – Latitude Festival
Fri 28th – Standon Calling
Sun 30th – Kendal Calling