Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Music: Lily and Madeleine
I don't write about music a lot, but occasionally, there's something that really makes me want share a discovery. Earlier today, the headline "Teenage Folk-Singing Sisters Hit the Big Time" on the New York Times website caught my eye. I love folk music and the idea of any folk singer, let alone teenage sister folk singers, hitting the big time, piqued my interest. While the headline was a bit of an exaggeration, I read the blurb about Lily and Madeleine and was intrigued enough to push play on the audio file that accompanied the article. I was immediately hooked: These girls were the real deal.
One long YouTube hole* later, I think I might be Lily and Madeleine's biggest fan. I love their sound and I love their sincerity. Yes, Sufjan Stevens has singed them for a record deal. Yes, they were profiled in the New York Times style magazine. But the thing I love, is it they seem so real. If you click beyond the official Lily and Madeleine YouTube channel with it's slick-but-simple videos of the girls in a recording studio, you'll find homemade videos of the sisters singing in their childhood home. And their big-time producers have mimicked their original style in a way that feels authentic.
I can't wait to buy their full album come October. In the meantime, I'll keep clicking through all the videos of these truly entrancing sisters.
* A term coined by my husband, a 'YouTube hole' is when you get sucked into YouTube by a particularly compelling video and continue to click through to other related videos. A YouTube hole could take any form, but in our cases, it's usually music-related: A video clip form The Last Waltz leads to a clip of Joni Mithchell singing 'California' live on the BBC, leads to Johnny Cash and Joni singing together, leads to... you get the idea: You fall down a hole. Under some circumstances, the hole can be deep and dangerous, so beware of YouTube holes!
Posted by Laura Fenton at 10:24 PM