The beauty of Lyon’s infectious brand of synth-pop is rooted in contradiction. Not in the deliberate sense, but in the serendipitous one. Her debut EP, Indian Summer feels like innocence meets disillusionment and disillusionment meets hope. It’s electronic music with a human soul by the girl next door who has a secret. It wants to say that sometimes you can’t keep the one you have. Sometimes you can’t play out the movie inside your head. In the world of Lyon, things don’t happen for a reason but they do naturally and beautifully fall into place.
Front-woman, Lauren Malyon AKA LYON is a small town girl who fell in love with the big city. Lauren began playing violin at the age of 3, piano at the age of 6, began songwriting at the age of 15 and in the summer of 2012, she teamed up with writer/producer/programmer, Japeth Maw and created Lyon.
Their goal was simple: To write 5 good songs that were lyrically personal and musically minimal. While Lauren had been coping with heartache and loss during this time, the aim was to capture Lauren’s state in a way that was sincere without being sappy, serious without being too serious. The writing process involved drinking wine, watching daytime television, talking for 5 hours at a time then writing frantically for half an hour. The day after, they would put together a collection of rough phone recordings to form piano and guitar versions of what would become lo-fi synth-pop songs.
In late August, Lyon was booked to open for the British indie-rock act, A Silent Film. It was a successful first show in front of a full house. A buzz around Lyon started to quickly develop in the Toronto music scene. In the fall of 2012, Lyon recorded with producer/engineer Jesse Smith and in February 2013, the Indian Summer EP was independently launched. The EP was immediately well received by music fans, industry and influencers alike.