With a name that hints at color and nature, Lylak makes a point to play with heart and leave the stage a bit more beautiful than they found it.
The indie rock quartet, based in Lexington KY, started in 2015 as a solo project of Gideon Maki (vocals/guitar), gradually gaining members and honing their sound. The unique musical backgrounds of the members mix up an eclectic blend of influences, which is a boon for the listener. Interweaving vocals, from Maki and Elizabeth Varnado (vocals/violin/guitar), present approachable lyrics that explore the lighter and darker aspects of life and love, memory and friendship. Dynamic guitar licks catch the ear while swelling synths, moody violin, and intricate rhythms (Paul Varnado, bass/synth; Zachary Martin, drums) color the background. Lylak’s third EP, Leave it to Light, set to release in 2019, showcases the benefit of letting disparate ideas simmer and steep to eventually meld together in the confidence of musical camaraderie.