New Release & Video: Layla Kaylif – As I Am

British singer-songwriter Layla Kaylif has released her new single: “As I Am”. The latest track to emerge from Layla’s upcoming album Lovers Don’t Meet, out 7th August 2020, is lush and mellifluous of sound, and arrives with an affecting video fit for our times, recently filmed in Chinatown, London and various locations across the city.

With Layla performing in a facemask upon the streets of the capital, the captivating visuals capture London and its people as they gradually awaken from the slumber of lockdown…

Rooted in a timeless Americana sound, “As I Am” is rich with cooing harmonies, yawning pedal steels and sleepy acoustic arrangements. Though shaded with melancholy by Layla’s moving and emotive vocal, “As I Am” is very much a love song straight and true. Inspired by the works of Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, Layla reaches deep within to summon lyrics that will touch the heart and nourish the soul.

“The song lyrically speaks for itself.” Layla says. ““Broken as I am can you really love me”? There are some lyric references to Nizar Qabbani (Syrian poet). “Your love is like birth, like death…impossible to repeat”. I’ve always loved this line and wanted to put it into a song. The melody is more modal over that line, to give it that spiritual, otherworldly feel.”

After a period of time focusing on a range of other projects, in 2020 Layla officially returns to music to release with her third and latest album Lovers Don’t Meet. The culmination of a three-year period of writing and musical development, this seven track LP distils a short, sweet dose of what Layla does best.

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Jason Hall (David Nail and the Well Ravens), the record features an impressive line-up of musicians including Reed Pittman and Matt Iceman (David Nail), Cornelius Perry (Francesca Battistellli) and Ben Owens on guitar. Hallmarked with the age enduring musicianship that could only come courtesy of the Capital of Country, Lovers Don’t Meet pays apposite homage to a genre Layla has always loved so dearly, both as artist and fan.


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