Lily and Madeleine
It's often said that youth will have its day and, in a year full of veteran comebacks (David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, et al), there have also been notable success for those would-be drinkers yet to hit the legal drinking age. The Strypes took us back to the future with their version of sixties r'n'b, Lorde wowed us with her pop perfection, and Jake Bugg is about to hit us with his second slice of rockabilly indie. Now you can add to that some teenage folk through the Indianapolis sister act Lily and Madeleine. At 16 and 18 years of age the Jurkiewicz girls make authentic sounding music beyond their tender years. After releasing their well received Weight Of The Globe EP earlier in 2013, this full length debut contains twelve new songs.
The sisters set their stall out right from the off with soft piano, acoustic guitar, gentle strings, and those vocal harmonies all present right from the first notes of 'Sounds Like Somewhere'. A mix of the beautiful ('Devil We Know'), the downbeat ('Disappearing Heart'), and the slightly breezy ('Nothing But Time'), there isn't a wasted track. A minor criticism is that it all gets a little samey, a lack of variety to the pace being the most obvious issue. That aside, this is an accomplisehd debut, more mature musically than you might expect, yet still lyrically youthful in places. The Jurkiewicz sisters are not your usual cheery, surly, or drunken teenagers, they have a depth and angst to their writing that usually take years to cultivate. An excellent addition to folk music's class of 2013.