9 April 2022
Who: Vigorous post-rock trio, led by Belgian singer-songwriter
Ilayda Cicek blessed with a unique voice and unadulterated
emotions that unmask the inconsistencies of life.
Concert: 4AD, Disksmuide, Belgium – 7 April 2022
I remember seeing Ilayda Cicek for the first time, about five years ago. She looked shy
and vulnerable but her short support act set of intimate musings in a small club was one not to forget. She blew me away with just her soul-stirring voice and her acoustic guitar. Her vocal tone, timbre, and range caused goosebumps. A couple of years later she started to turn up the decibels with the help of an impressive bassist/guitarist and a bang-on drummer and drew the attention of music fans and the press. Last year’s awe-inspiring debut album Felt cemented all the great things about ILA.
Last Thursday she got our attention once again.
I suppose Ilayda will be tired by now of being compared with PJ Harvey all the time, but that is how imposing, how compelling, and how special she is. Her vocal fervency, profound passion, and emotive energy cause a sort of trance-like experience.
Stunning songs like Eternity, Deity, Din, and the very personal master blaster Leave Me Dry (which should be a massive hit in a normal world) get under your skin without asking.
She’s on her way to some prestigious festival appearances this summer. Along with her dynamite duo, ILA will draw even more attention. Their authenticity, their rapture, and the first-rate songwriting are self-explanatory.
ILA is real, ILA is here to stay for a very long time.
Stream/buy FELT here…
(Photos by Turn Up The Volume)