Waiting For The Daylight
Erja Lyytinen backstory
During her formative years, Lyytinen was schooled on the sounds of the 60s and 70s by her mother.
And with her latest offering, she pays homage to the rock greats of those landmark decades with nods to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Uriah Heap.
In many ways Lyytinen’s lates work is a far cry from the album that first caught Rushonrock’s attention in 2014.
The Sky Is Crying was, in fact, the Kuopio native’s ninth studio album but it struck a chord at home and abroad.
Live In London, released a year later, cemented Lyytinen as one of the rising stars of the blues rock scene.
And it’s possible to trace Waiting For The Daylight right back to that gutsy, raw record.
Stolen Hearts (2017) and Another World (2019) maintained an unstoppable upwards trajectory.
And the winner of the 2017 European Blues Awards’ Best Guitarist gong continues to grow in stature and confidence.
In Era Lyytinen’s own words
“Waiting For The Daylight starts with a big guitar riff.
“The intro leads to an airy verse and the choruses are quite heavy and dramatic.
“The heavy guitar riff repeats throughout the song.
“I played two guitar solos on the end of the song in the style of Tony Iommi to create tension towards the end.
“Recording this song was emotional experience for me.
“I was playing the solo for my friend who died because of a long-term illness.
“I also poured a lot of the pandemic frustration on this one so the track became very passionate.
“In the lyrics, this beautiful creature comes to you on your last day to release you from your earthly pains.
“The story has a bit of that chivalry romance in some way.
“We filmed the music video on the beautiful castle of Raasepori in Finland.
“My band does an amazing job on the track, with Tatu Back on bass, Iiro Laitinen on drums and Harri Taittonen on Hammond.
“I also dusted off my violin and played violin tracks to the end of the song. There´s a lot of layers in this blues-rock piece!”
The verdict on Waiting For The Daylight
The brooding intro.
The blazing riffs.
Soaring guitar solos hewn from the rock face of heavy blues.
And that haunting, immersive vocal.
The title track of Erja Lyytinen’s sparkling new album has it all.
At more than six minutes this a feast for the senses.
And the atmospheric, involving video clip perfectly complements one of the tracks of 2022.
Lyytinen has managed to craft something truly uplifting from the darkest of places.
Waiting For The Daylight’s powerful mix of emotional strength and musical prowess is deeply affecting.
And it’s surely some of the talented Finn’s most evocative work to date.
Blues rock needs look no further for a game-changing, genre-leading female voice.
Waiting For The Daylight represents a new dawn for Lyytinen.
Her day has come.
What’s next for Erja Lyytinen
To support the release of her new album, Lyytinen is embarking on a co-headline UK tour with the award-winning Belfast-based blues guitarist Dom Martin from November 7-10.
Dates include Southampton (The 1865, Nov 7), Bilston (The Robin, Nov 8), London (The Grace, Nov 9) and Grimsby (Yardbirds, Nov 10).
Erja will be also playing with her band at Dudley (The Lamb, Nov 11) and Sittingbourne (The Bourne Music Club, Nov 13).