After the unmeasured success of her 2015 debut EP When The World Ends, AYLA returns today with a new offering in ‘Like the Other Kids’ and a subsequent launch tour.
Premiered last night on triple j’s Goodnights, the song’s chugging, layered production is anchored by a pounding drum motif that takes it from stunning to anthemic, a catalyst for misty eyes and gentle steps forward despite its “dark imagery”. Then there’s that voice. The smooth, effortless gliding heights. The insouciant depths. Given a delicate yet self-determined vehicle through the considered nature of AYLA’s songwriting prowess, ‘Like the Other Kids’ represents the dawning of a new age. You’d never guess it was conceived of while AYLA was washing dishes at her parents’ house, testing out her rap flow.