2020 has been a big year for New Zealand based music artist, Iris.
Soulful and imbibed with a youthful yet sophisticated prowess, Iris’ lyric is both poetic and relatable, which is not an easy balance to strike.Vince Leigh @aroundthesoundau
After releasing a series of successful singles including Don’t Wait Up, Painted Love, Frozen Hearts, Foresight and Dangerous, she’s just released her debut album and accompanying single Lay with You.
With over 1 million views for Lay with You’s video, the track has already attracted a lot of attention and will no doubt be the break-out song for this young, multitalented vocalist. Lay with You is an enticing blend of dance elements with a pop sensuality and directness.
From the evocative opening key sounds to the surging pulse, the beats that create a seductive rhythmic layer, Lay with You is a contemporary gem, utilising Iris’ extraordinary performance and marrying that to an outstanding production that’s replete with subtle and alluring sonic textures, hypnotic melodies and crystal clear precision.
But Lay with You also has a lot of warmth. This combination of Iris’ impassioned performance and a polished background is what makes this track special.
It puts the record in a class of its own, a fine and stirring balance of light and shade, power and persuasion. There are plenty of hooks here; from the verse sections to the breakdown pre-chorus with its surprising yet satisfying melodic twist.
Soulful and imbibed with a youthful yet sophisticated prowess, Iris’ lyric is both poetic and relatable, which is not an easy balance to strike.
With lines such as ‘Feeling sensual I can’t deny, you give me that all the time’ and ‘Up until the dawn, baby when you lay with me’, the raw essence of what’s behind the lyric becomes universal and is one of the many engaging attributes of this track.
Produced by Charles Lutman, Lay with You is sure to catapult Iris into the next stage of her blossoming career.