Delicate, folk pop combining a distinctly American aesthetic with some of the quirkier sensibilities of baroque songs of yore. Emphasizing lyrics and nimble melodies, the band's tasteful accents are subtle and punchy, infusing thoughtful compositions with a slyly rendered bite.


The songs of shapeshifting folk ensemble lylas are sparkling bits of unusual pop. Like a coffin shaped candy bin, lylas populates its world with bloody nightgowns, suburban dissatisfaction, friendly demons, and pre-teen princesses with a penchant for the macabre. Here, silent ghosts of Flannery O'connor and Jeffrey Eugenides watch you accidentally ride your bike into a neighborhood that at first seems a little too shiny - until one of its peculiar populace takes you by the hand and shows you around. Too much candy isn't good for you; lylas knowingly weaves dark strings and unusual instrumentation in and out of its seemingly innocent songs so that even if you don't catch the lyrics at first, the listener has a hint that something sinister is afoot. lylas is not for everyone. There is no outright political or social rage here, no condemnation. But rather the creation of a self-enclosed world. Understanding that is essential to understanding this music. Like a beautiful nightmare - it's the lovely she-vampire, the enticing succubus... you have to be willing to step into the lylas kingdom. It won't shout at you, but like a vampire it will love you to death.


...Makes a Friend EP on Cleft Music
You know...lylas 7" on Fictitious Records
What is undead, anyway? 7" Fictitious Records
Lessons for Lovers (2006) Fictitious Records/Cleft Music
Do You Believe in Blood? (2009)12"

Set List

Set runs 30-60 minutes as the situation requires.
Songs include:
no seance for sweetheart
halloween tn
all the worst sins
fix me dixie
baby brimstone