“When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten.” – Andrea Swensson for NPR feature

“…but the real standout among the openers was singer/songwriter Lydia Liza. Local music fans may know her from Bomba de Luz or from her work on ‘Pangea ’ by Toki Wright & Big Cats, but her solo work retains a much lower profile to date.

Her unique folk sound combines a full, rich and crisp-sounding guitar with vocal power and timbre akin to a whisper leaning against a sonic boom. The former is a surprising rarity among solo performers, (the more muffled tones we’re used to hearing from contemporary folk singers’ guitars being so common you may not even notice them until you hear their cleaner counterpart,) and the latter hints of Kat Bjelland during Babes in Toyland’s heyday. By comparison, both singers belt beautifully, but Liza’s relaxed catalog allows more: Her voice dips, sighs, flutters and occasionally trembles through the softer parts, accentuating the emotion in her lyrics.

Artistically, she seemed to be channeling some combination of Jewel, Ani and mid-Seventies Tom Waits. Her stage presence was folksy, with an almost “Aw, shucks,” humility that belied her effect on the crowd. They burst into surprised applause after the first song, then got louder each time a lull between songs called for clapping. By the end, one wondered what it would take to follow her.” Rob Callahan, Vita.MN

“Liza’s voice is stunning to say the least. In this track her production piercing performance leaves your senses awakened.” – The Morning Macchiato

“Spurred on by the songwriting skills she’s (Lydia Hoglund) picked up…Hoglund has attracted such attention in the Twin Cities that she’s already begun collaborating with high-profile artists like rapper P.O.S.” – Andrea Swensson, The Current

“Another artist … is Bomba de Luz, whose talented lead singer sounds like she’d be positively mesmerizing live.” – Andrea Swensson, The Current

“Bomba De Luz, … is turning heads left and right in the music scene…” – Sean McPherson, Heiruspecs


The Current: Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski remake ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ to emphasize consent

GOMN: Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski Remake Baby It’s Cold Outside To Be Not Creepy

Time Magazine: Baby It’s Cold Outside Remix

Hello Giggles: Updated Baby It’s Cold Outside Consent Anthem

Elle UK: Feminist Version of Baby It’s Cold Outside Emphasizing Consent Is The Perfect Present for Christmas

Consequence of Sound: Bomba De Luz

Stylist UK: Baby It’s Cold Outside turned Epic Anthem for Consent

City Pages on Lydia Liza collaboration with Moon and Pollution for “The Box Borealis”

The Naked Songwriter: Lydia Liza

Lydia Liza and the timeless relevance of Dusty Springfield’s heartbreak.

Consequence of Sound: Lydia Liza, Lizzo, Astronautalis, Eric Mayson, Kathleen Hanna, Hard R featured on track with P.O.S

Pitchfork: P.O.S. Teams With Kathleen Hanna, Lizzo, Lydia Liza, Eric Mayson, Allan Kingdom on “sleepdrone/superposition”

P.O.S helps us deconstruct his massive new single ‘sleepdrone/superposition’

Lydia Liza on Andrea Swensson’s “The O.K. Show”

MPR Women Who Rock List

The Current: Lydia Liza to “defend” a surprise film at the Trylon Microcinema

Bomba de Luz Announced for Cities 97 Sampler Volume 25

The accolades are just beginning for Lydia Hoglund

Twin Cities’ Greatest: Lydia Hoglund

Best New Bands of 2012 at First Avenue

Lydia Hoglund on fronting Bomba de Luz, collaborating with P.O.S, and finishing high school

NPR: “Bomba de Luz: Highschool Heroes”

“We Will Rock You: Better Make Way For The Young Folks”

Bomba de Luz’s Lydia Hoglund on new album and Rhymesayers