Lydia Burrell: Safe


Describing Lydia Burrell is surprisingly difficult. They sound familiar and comfortable with a very bright indie sound, but singer-songwriter Alex Smith has an incredible ear for dynamics and melody that elevates the music in a professional way that always privileges form over function. Every note and sonic nuance seems deliberate, as if this isn’t just a nice riff, but something so much more thoroughly crafted. Somehow Smith manages to balance this attention to detail with a sense of fun, or if not fun, then at least an inviting tone; this is remarkably inviting to listen to, but never so academic that it loses its charm. In fact, “Safe” seems designed for multiple listens, not just in terms of its infinitely repeatable pop hooks, but for the layers upon layers of sounds that you can rediscover with every new rotation.