Full of scorn and weary sadness, Liyv proclaims “You bore me to death” over the scuttling synthpop sparkle of ‘You’re Not Going To Ruin My Life’ and her unique appeal instantly crystallises. Sure, gluing downbeat sentiment to upbeat rhythms is no new trick, but when there’s this much sophistication, coloured in such soft hues, it feels fresher than the first daffodils of Spring. Songs for the jilted and that affirm smart jilting alike, from the threat-laden sweetness of ‘Little Fox’ to the boisterous strut of ‘Laser Eyes’, Liyv is set to be the exactly the pop star we need.

OF 2017