"An acoustic attack, an explosion of percussion, joined with powerful, haunting vocals ... Live, Lloyd pounded on the djembe, belted out songs ... All this while seated with a bad leg (she came in on crutches). I can't imagine how dynamic she is when her mobility is not limited."
"… well crafted, thoughtful songs, a percussive tumult … the landscape created allows a hair-trigger vocal/lyrical integrity that you'll only hear here. So listen."
"ilyAIMY ain't your grandpa's folk music… fearless writers and performers… Voices this rich and emotionally hard-hitting - equal parts velvet darkness, barely contained heartbreak, and hard-won, unstoppable joy - don't come around often.”
““[ilyAIMY is] part of the folk community & play acoustic folk instruments but ilyAIMY is really a rock band… You feel you are in the midst of a primeval jungle with dangerous creatures hiding behind every tree. Everything is irregular, filled with syncopation & dissonance… This is not lack of craft… but an essential part of the music; it creates tension and excitement.””
"Lloyd's voice has a powerful emotional & technical range, using everything from a delicate whisper to a bluesy growl to breathe life into the folk narratives ... Jones [cello] ... found sonic spaces within the songs that I didn't know existed & nestled right in, whether she was plucking out a bassline or using a bow to coax out a solo… And then there's Hinkal, whose playing technique ... it's something like a cross between finger-picking and slap-bass — on speed."
"What [ilyAIMY] brings to music is passion & innovative guitar playing... There is a subtlety about their music that counteracts the rushed, fast-paced timing & lyrics of their songs."
"ilyAIMY are insanely good ... It's the sound of someone about to break down in tears or start a fight… everything emo wishes it could be, [but]... far more powerful, unsettling, emotional & brilliant…"
"This band personifies why we go to see live shows. Energy, humor, highly adept musicians, this is the real deal. I give em a 5 1/2 on a scale of 1-5."
“[ilyAIMY brings] incredible energy to every stage they hit playing folk at hyperspeed whilst spitting out serious multi-syllabic slam poetry in perfect harmony but on A Gift For St Cecilia they sing some of the most passionate & poetic ballads of the year. Watch this group.”
"ilyAIMY's 2007 independent release 'Between Lover & Twilight'... is simply elegant stuff... all about heart-felt music and love"
"A churning, percussive acoustic guitar attack that flows, ebbs and builds back on itself. The loose-limbed song structures have a definitive jam band feel ... Versatile sonics, nice boy/girl harmonies and fleshed-out arrangements make ilyAIMY (I love you and I miss you)a surprising treat."
"There's an urgency apparent in the way they sing together, between rob's distinctive annunciation and Heather's angelic back-up credences that carry over the lyrics. Pair the vocals with the unbelievable percussive playing style, and there's a lot to listen to from this duo."
"A bone-rattling acoustic act... with driving lyrical force, then male/female harmonies that lock in, lift, drop and pull ... And then they slow it down and rip you open."
“Percussive, rhythmically driven guitar that freely composites fingerpicking, classical melodies, running bass lines, harmonics, and hard-charging chords. [Rob's] vocals are needled and gaunt, with the jittery energy of a dockyard stray on speed...”
"[They] don't look like an obvious duo. She is a pint-sized powerhouse of a singer ... [He] looks more the traditional folk singer, with intense expression ... But when they play together their fingers move so fast that, like hummingbird wings, they blur."
"A welcome jolt in a stream of otherwise sedate coffeehouse folkies."
“Be proud, be very, very proud to know that ilyAIMY is a Maryland-based, out of this world band...the type of performances that will crawl all over your train of thought and have you thinking of nothing but those moments...”
“Watching... ilyAIMY perform is like watching fish swim, horses run, spiders weave or birds fly. When they are playing together [they] give the impression being totally in their element, doing what just they were made to do.”