Boomkat Product Review:
Intravenously effective pop dirges from Kayla Guthrie, a strong look for fans of Ectoplasm Girls, Leslie Winer, HTRK, Lolina
Preceding her standout appearance with ’Erotic Death’ on the Wild Flesh Presents compilation a few months ago, Kayla’s 2018 sophomore EP ‘Falling Star’ finds her strengths in a style of melancholy, chamber-like modernism where plaintive vocals haunt stark arrangements of stygian drums and glum synths in ‘But I Am’ alongside the sleep-walking conviction of ‘Thrown’, while the side-long ‘Falling Star’ offers a more slow burning relief coming off like a psychedelic hymn by Lolina and Carla Dal Forno.
“A misty glow flows along the recumbent silhouette of Kayla Guthrie’s new ep, FALLING STAR. This is the body of the artist as aural ghost, her figure lit by shuddering rhythms and synthesized echoes, and she knows what she is doing when she stands in front of that light. Not only did she build it but she has written all about it, gathered the notes and transcribed the lyrics onto paper that is as sunshine. Guthrie is dazed and dazzling with so much light, yet the clouds roll in toward the light every time. Her translucent voice lifts your hem and so tender is her bite, so weird, so intense. This is new music spinning fast in a dance with archangels (Jarboe, Cocteau Twins, Lydia Tomkiw and Leslie Winer) and barreling straight through heaven’s gate.”