LIO released alt-pop jam ‘Burn’
‘Burn’ is the fiery new single from Netherlands-born Sheffield-bred LIO following their stunning release ‘Growing Pains’ (November 2018). After gaining momentum at Tramlines and Y-Not last summer, they are set to recreate this energy at festivals this year including Liverpool Sound City. In addition to supporting King No-one at Sheffield’s O2 Academy last November, the track’s release follows a string of shows supporting the likes of Estrons, Orchards and While She Sleeps.
Produced locally at Higher Rhythm, Doncaster, ‘Burn’ is an ambient alt-pop song that speaks volumes. LIO describes this latest release as “an anniversary track, commemorating the end of a friendship and the emotional ups and downs this brings.” Characterising it as her side of the story, pure emotion is reflected in the raw and personal lyrics of ‘you left me empty and in pain, I’m not the one to blame’. LIO’s sonic inspiration and beautiful storytelling can be attributed to her real life experiences and despite her youth, she has acquired many tales to tell the world through her songwriting.
Hailing from the small village of Riethoven in Holland, LIO immediately fell in love with the city of Sheffield as an exchange student in 2015. Seeking to fulfil her long-term passion for music, she quickly made her debut on the open mic scene as a solo artist. Since then, LIO has grown both musically and dynamically, launching as a full band in May 2018 with this addition having ‘lifted the delicate and captivating voice of LIO to an amazing new level and transformed her music into a powerful force to be reckoned with” – BBC Introducing Sheffield.
‘Burn’ perfectly showcases the talent of the band and begins with intense, atmospheric synths that beautifully build anticipation for the rest of the track. LIO’s dulcet vocals cut through alongside soft, percussive beats which roll towards the first melancholic pre-chorus ‘the pieces shatter, I try to hold them together but I have to admit defeat’. As the track builds, mellow guitars envelope deep circulating synths in a dynamic mix of delicate verses which evoke sounds reminiscent of Daughter, Alt-J and First Aid Kit.
This is contrasted with the sheer power of LIO’s voice which is encapsulated in the chorus’ atmospheric harmonies “we burnt it down”, building majestically towards the song’s finale. By pairing relatable lyrics with whimsical sounds and an air of dark moodiness, the 4-piece has successfully created a masterpiece. The track’s elegant production beautifully captures what LIO is all about: captivating songwriting surrounded by an air of mystery.
Make sure to catch LIO at their upcoming shows:
- 4 May 2019 // Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
- 8 May 2019 // Yellow Arch, Sheffield
- 8 June 2019 // Peddler, Sheffield
- 4 July 2019 // Night & Day Café, Manchester
- 20 July 2019 // Tramlines Festival, Sheffield