Kyla La Grange is an interesting figure in the 2014 pop climate. She possesses the spirit of an independent artist but is signed to a major label. She’s got a lot of sex appeal but radio won’t touch her. Intriguing, yes?
‘Cut Your Teeth’ is her second album and it’s charming, kooky and very left of centre. Kyla’s voice and style certainly make for a unique if not perplexing impression. For comparison’s sake, think of a British electronic Kate Miller-Heidke.
The title track is a slice of ethereal soulful pop with an experimental edge. ‘I Don’t Hate You’ is an electro mid-tempo with a traditional pop hook which could make for an interesting single choice. ‘White Doves’ is appealing but mediocre, as is ‘I’ll Call For You’.
‘Maia’ rocks a Middle Eastern vibe whilst ‘The Knife’ is an obvious highlight with its calypso beats and haunting lyrics.
Speaking of haunting, ‘Fly’ has lyrics eerily thematically similar to Kelly Rowland’s ‘Stole’ whereas ‘Cannibal’ and its ‘I’ve Got Nothing On You’ refrain has the potential to stalk your dreams.
Rounding out the album are electro mid tempo ‘Never That Young’ and the more upbeat “Get It’. In our opinion, both songs would work better as pure pop songs.
Truthfully, it’s a bit of a challenging album despite its charm. In GaGa terms, it feels more art than pop. It’s all very pretty and well constructed but we’re not rushing to listen to anything on repeat for hours on end.
Kyla certainly has her fans though, with UK website Popjustice a keen follower of her career.
Ultimately, there are three words we would use for this. Experimental. Ethereal. Electronic.
If those three words speak to you, ‘Cut Your Teeth’ will be a treasured addition to your album collection.
Download: Cut Your Teeth, The Knife.