THEAUSSIEWORD.COM Single Review: IRIS – Lay With You

New Zealand artist Iris has just released Lay with You, the new single from her debut album of the same name. Already attracting a staggering 1 million views for the video, the new track from this exciting new vocalist is a superb dance-pop track with sassy hooks, a brilliant and soulful performance and excellent production. It has hit written all over it. It follows Iris’ previous releases which include Don’t Wait UpPainted LoveFrozen HeartsForesight and Dangerous, all of which made a big impact at radio and on streaming sites. But Lay with You is next level and an accurate preview of the quality of all the tracks on Iris’ debut album. Lay with You also features a startling refreshing lyric, full of sensuality and fire, and a directness which is difficult to ignore. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this track aside from Iris’ magnetic and engaging performance is, of course, the level of songwriting and the production. The track is dynamic while maintaining a dance floor pulse, utilising moments of space and lush background textural effects to seduce the listener and create an evolving pop track with several peaks. And the lyric is another key focal point. It’s alluring without venturing into cliché, encapsulating a moment with stark candour and bold directness. By blending this representation of passion with the rhythmic power of a contemporary dance song, a whole other musical universe opens up. Lay with You also shows the diversity of Iris’ vocal talent, with the track just one of many on her debut album that combines self-assured performances with great melodies, relatable personal lyrics and refined production values. Produced by Charles LutmanLay with You is sure to attract many new listeners to Iris’ music as well appease her expanding number of dedicated fans.

Vince Leigh for THEAUSSIEWORD.COM.