Spotlight On Musical Cornish Duo ISYLA

I love to share news on things happening here in Cornwall. Of course, everything is still at a bit of a standstill at the moment. But behind the scenes during the lockdown, two talented ladies have been working hard on their climate-conscious debut album.

ISYLA - Cornish musical duo

ISYLA is an unusual equal partnership between songwriter and lyricist Amy Woodburn (41) and singer-songwriter Lizzie Freeborn (19), both Cornwall-based musicians with a passion for music and the environment. They met before the pandemic in Falmouth and discovered a bond between each other for the love of music and nature.

ISYLA’s first collaborative project, the album ‘Where She Walks’, is a beautiful homage to a brighter future for generations to come, self-growth, reflection and Mother Earth. With 10 tracks, ‘Where She Walks’ is not just an album for those already deeply engaged on climate issues but also an invitation for us all to consider ourselves as human beings first and foremost.

The album has been worked on and completed during the pandemic-lockdown, which means the extended ISYLA team haven’t been short on obstacles along the way. Countless hours on Zoom creating plans, recording from home, mixing, editing and even the producer gathering a remote Facebook choir to create the sound in the uplifting final bars of ‘Daughter’, have paid off.  

ISYLA - at a Cornish Engine House

From lockdown onwards, all session players and vocalists had to work remotely. Whenever Lizzie and Amy had to be physically present, in photo shoots and studio sessions at Cornwall’s ‘Cube Recording Studio’ for example, they had to be socially distanced as per the government’s guidelines, or worked solo, whilst in constant contact via technology.

I’ve listened to some of the songs from the album and Lizzie’s voice is beautiful. The album takes its audience on a journey through different musical genres and styles. Its sound ranges from the delicate contemporary folk and electro of The Staves and London Grammar, heard in ‘Daughter’ and ‘January Rain’, to the anthemic heights of ‘Earthling’ reminiscent of the glorious Glasgow Chvrches.

Album cover- Where She Walks -ISYLA is an unusual equal partnership between songwriter and lyricist Amy Woodburn (41) and singer-songwriter Lizzie Freeborn (19), both Cornwall-based musicians

‘Where She Walks’ by ISYLA is now available for streaming on all major platforms, Spotify, Apple Music, and from Amazon.

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