Lily & Madeleine by Lily & Madeleine on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Considering that Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz of Indianapolis first came to public attention with YouTube videos of the sisters singing songs by Fleet Foxes and Adele, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that these teenagers rely on a similarly organic and low-key presentation for their self-titled debut album. Produced by Paul Mahern—with the songs cowritten between the sisters and Kenny Childers, a veteran singer/songwriter also from Indianapolis—Lily & Madeleine centers on the harmonies that defy all age and expectation. Their youth may gather the crowds, but the wrenching truth of “Disappearing Heart”—delivered with only vocals, electric piano, and a heavenly bell—will be what keeps the crowds’ attention. A gorgeous string section introduces the acoustic guitar–based “And Tonight,” which settles in for the type of chamber-folk popular in underground and some mainstream channels. Obvious comparisons to First Aid Kit, another acoustic sister act, should only firm up people’s perception that this sound is something almost trendy. Yet the handclaps of “I’ve Got Freedom” and the small band on “Come to Me” express an enduring, upbeat joy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Considering that Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz of Indianapolis first came to public attention with YouTube videos of the sisters singing songs by Fleet Foxes and Adele, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that these teenagers rely on a similarly organic and low-key presentation for their self-titled debut album. Produced by Paul Mahern—with the songs cowritten between the sisters and Kenny Childers, a veteran singer/songwriter also from Indianapolis—Lily & Madeleine centers on the harmonies that defy all age and expectation. Their youth may gather the crowds, but the wrenching truth of “Disappearing Heart”—delivered with only vocals, electric piano, and a heavenly bell—will be what keeps the crowds’ attention. A gorgeous string section introduces the acoustic guitar–based “And Tonight,” which settles in for the type of chamber-folk popular in underground and some mainstream channels. Obvious comparisons to First Aid Kit, another acoustic sister act, should only firm up people’s perception that this sound is something almost trendy. Yet the handclaps of “I’ve Got Freedom” and the small band on “Come to Me” express an enduring, upbeat joy.

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About Lily & Madeleine

Specializing in ethereal, introspective indie folk in the vein of artists like First Aid Kit and Fleet Foxes (with just a touch of Taylor Swift), Indianapolis, Indiana-based siblings Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz first caught the public's attention with a black-and-white D.I.Y. video for their first original song, "In the Middle," which garnered over half a million YouTube hits. The precocious teenagers' rich harmonies and penchant for crafting timeless melodies eventually led them to Asthmatic Kitty Records, where they enlisted the aid of producer Paul Mahern and bassist/songwriter Kenny Childers (Gentleman Caller) to help put the finishing touches on their debut EP, early 2013's The Weight of the Globe. The duo's eponymous debut long-player arrived later that autumn. In 2014 the sisters entered the studio to record their more expansive sophomore album, Fumes, which was released later that year. Their third full-length, Keep It Together, continued in the direction of more complex arrangements without disturbing the directness of the duo's vocal delivery. With Mahern again in the producer's chair, it was issued via New West Records in early 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Indianapolis, IN
  • FORMED
    2012

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