Lily & Madeleine
Announce European Tour Dates with Joshua Radin
UK Show at Islington Assembly Hall in London on 22 March
US Tour with John Mellencamp and Emmylou Harris
Full tour dates via Lilandmad.com
Keep It Together out now via New West
Following their tour last year with Dawes, Pop-folk duo Lily & Madeleine return to Europe in March and will be playing one date in London at Islington Assembly Hall supporting Joshua Radin. Since releasing their album Keep It Together via New West in 2016, the duo have been touring the US with their friends and band members Shannon Hayden (cello, mandolin, guitar, Moog) and Kate Siefker (drums, percussion, guitar, bass). For their recent US shows they knitted wooly hats with personalized tags that include some of their lyrics and they’ve also just announced Stateside shows with John Mellencamp in the summer.
“Keep it Together is a work of serious, subtle beauty.” – Uncut
“Intimately fluent harmonies, scalloped melodies and personality-rich, episodic lyrics of autumnal love, disillusionment, self-doubt and heartbreak.” – Shindig 4*s
“Each track contains a melodic or harmonic flourish, a synth layer, a moment of unexpected aggression or vulnerability which shows that, at the same time as delivering a potentially career-defining album, there is the exciting potential of so much further that Lily and Madeleine could go.” Drowned in Sound 9/10
“Wonderful… their voices are crystal clear; their lyrics describe a world altogether murkier.” The Sunday Times
“Mountain air-pure voices” – Guardian New Band of the Day
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Recorded at home in Bloomington, Indiana with producer Paul Mahern, who also helmed Lily & Madeleine’s lauded debut and second albums, Keep it Together is a mature and dynamic statement from two distinct musical personalities, grounded and bound by kinship, that melds seamlessly into an ethereal and enthralling collection. This time Lily & Madeleine take their songs into exciting new territory. Album opener, “Not Gonna,” sets the tone for the album and serves as a confident mission statement both thematically and musically as the duo’s beautiful melodies and impeccable harmonies are buoyed by orchestral strings, electronic flourishes, analog synth, piano and a pulsing groove.
Keep It Together is the sound of Lily, 19, and Madeleine, 22, asserting themselves as young women and very much coming in to their own as they learn to navigate adulthood and all that comes with it. On “For The Weak,” an upbeat, chiming slice of indie rock, the pair pine, “so I just gotta know/Is hoping for the weak,” while the sultry “Chicago” deals with a love affair in the Windy City. The album culminates with the devastating “Nothing,” that sees the protagonist self empowered after a broken heart.
Of the project, Madeleine comments, “Working with a closer knit team of just four ladies helped tighten our sound and unify each track into a complete collection. The title of the album is a lyric from the first track ‘Not Gonna,’ which Lily wrote. This simple phrase has a lot of meaning to us: keep your shit together, keep our relationship as sisters together, pressure to keep our image a certain way as young ladies.”
Lily adds, “Along with reflecting on the personal bonds that Madeleine and I both have, I also really wanted to focus more on the bigger picture and write about the experience of being a white woman in America and a collegeage kid in the 21st century. As I attempt to further discover who I am as an individual, the way society wants me to define myself is becoming clearer. It seems to me that young people are the same everywhere: regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic class. All young adults are in the same boat, trying to figure out what makes us individuals and trying to find our value in society.”
Keep it Together follows the prolific duo’s highly-regarded second release, Fumes, and is the their third full-length album in three years, following an EP and two LPs on Sufjan Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty. Since their debut in 2013, the duo have performed on significant US TV and radio outlets including CBS’ “This Morning,” KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series and “A Prairie Home Companion” and received praise from the likes of Elle Magazine, Vogue and NPR.
Here in the UK Lily & Madeleine enjoyed coverage in The Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, Elle, Marie-Claire and Uncut, as well as receiving a Guardian New Band of the Day piece for their debut as well as a double page spread in The Independent newspaper. Fumes was Album of the Day on 6 Music and the band have toured extensively in the UK, including a performance at End of the Road in 2014.