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Album Review

This Lilys release — like their Tigerstyle split-EP with Philly-based space rock band Aspera Ad Astra — might be seen by some as yet another chapter in the deviant pop career of Kurt Heasley and his Lilys. While Heasley's previous releases are well known for having a healthy British Invasion fixation and his songs memorable for their odd tempo twists, run-on rhyming structures, octave-leaping mood swings, and hypersyllabic lyrics (especially the songs on The Three-Way), these tracks are more of a "tying up of loose ends" and a return to songs written during a time when this band was changing so rapidly that some of these Kurt Heasley-penned compositions were never properly recorded or released in the first place. This shouldn't be taken as only a vault-clearing effort while waiting for newer recordings to be released, however, as some of these tracks have long been Lilys fan favorites and should please them to no end. "The Any Several Sundays" was a 1990-1992 set staple, sounding like a slightly more psychedelic paisley underground track, with the clean, chiming folk-rock Rickenbacker guitar that may remind some of Byrds-ian psychedelia circa "Eight Miles High." "Touch the Water" is a rare Lilys cover and a track originally recorded by Apples in Stereo in 1994. The seven-plus-minute "Won't Make You (Sleepy)" is an oft-bootlegged Lilys space rock epic (think Ride). Finally, there are two versions of "Peerless," a short instrumental that Heasley has said in interviews is a "five-over-four, micro-tonal exploration." Incidentally, Heasley adopted the new moniker of "Kurt Karger" on this release's credits as a tribute to his newborn son, Karger.


Formed: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The geographically and stylistically nomadic indie rock band Lilys was the vehicle of singer/songwriter Kurt Heasley, the group's founder and sole constant member. A Philadelphia native, Heasley and Lilys bowed with the 1991 single "February 14," a nod to My Bloody Valentine; while based in Washington, D.C., they recorded their 1992 debut LP, In the Presence of Nothing, an even greater testament to their shoegazing fetish. A two-year silence followed as Heasley roamed the East Coast, finally resurfacing...
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