Boomkat Product Review:
Sorely slept-on 2017 EP of hushed poetry and woozy, heatsick backdrops from London/Melbourne’s Laila Sakini & Lucy Van - a must check for fans of CS + Kreme, Bullion, Jonnine
On its initial release ‘Figures’ was the first recording issued by Purely Physical Teeny Tapes, a probing London-based label who’ve since welcomed M. Quake and Max Eilbacher to their tight fold. With ‘Figures’, Laila & Lucy locate a finely gauged mix of confessional lyrical honesty and minimalist music that treads the waviest line between awkwardly offset and soothing. The dusky blue waltz of ‘Those Who See’ comes off like a lighter Leslie Winer meets melodic early AFX, and ‘Deep End’ sees them nudge into more claustrophobia-inducing introspection a la HTRK, while they hold a hypnotic line of bedsitter ennui on ‘False Ceiling’, and shore up in a really dank sort of trip hop sleaze with the title song.
"Laila Sakini, a DJ who has recently emerged as a songwriter-producer, shapes music around each poem intuitively, adding context with restraint, in an experimental, yet pop-conscious process. Initially developed as a one track hobby project for a noise and spoken word poetry night (which was cancelled), 'Figures' continued to evolve into a more complete body of work, with Laila leaking the demos on her NTS guest slots, leading to this eventual, finalisation of an EP.
Laila and Lucy: Lucy writes about poetry and photography. She is a post-doctoral researcher in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne, and an editor at Cordite Poetry Review. Lucy also writes lyric and prose poems, and has spoken at venues including The Slow Canoe, Station Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Laila's role as a DJ and emerging producer/songwriter has seen her traverse between her home town of Melbourne and London. She has performed across clubs and festivals in Melbourne and in various venues throughout London, Paris and Belgium along with art spaces including The National Gallery of Victoria, Carriageworks and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. She presents semi-regularly on NTS Radio, has appeared on Boiler Room and has opened for the likes of Dopplereffekt and Optimo. Laila has recently begun producing, writing and performing live solo and collaborative works.”