Lyia Meta – ‘Always You’

Featuring a standout production that ravishes with classical, sophisti-pop, and jazzy elegance, Always You is the new album from singer/songwriter and visual artist Lyia Meta. Her career spanning almost two decades, the Malaysian artist has traversed across a variety of styles — from metal to country. Always You embraces a sophisticated elegance in comparison, highlighting Meta’s powerful vocal talents, which achieve a rare contralto range.

The jazz-pop lushness of Always You strikes quickly with the powerful title track, opening with a sense of proclaimed adoration amidst a throwback, lounge-friendly production. The ensuing “Never Enough Time” infuses brassy coolness amidst the serene piano tones, remarking “there’s so much that I want to do,” into an impactful saxophone lead. The mood and vocal power is palpable throughout, and especially on a track like “Never Enough Time.”

From the dazzling yearning for time on the lounge-friendly “Never Enough Time” to the robust energy of “Savor Me,” Always You is full of striking songwriting with endearing throwback, sophisticated production that wholly engrosses with tempting romancing and stylish tonal engagement.

“Never Enough Time” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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