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Lily Lyons searches for truth in her music, exploring simple things that are easily forgotten - not revolutionary, but the everyday beauty and tragedy of relationships. Each track that Lily writes is a beautiful vignette capturing her experiences so far, with perceptive lyrics delivered in an elegant voice that could easily sit among the greats. Today, with a song built from gentle, lush acoustic layers, Lily makes a declaration and a promise to be the kind of person who doesn’t just appreciate when their loved ones are being great, but actively helps them see themselves that way too, on her debut single on Fiction records, “Spectre”.
LISTEN TO “SPECTRE”
Lily says of the track:
“This song is like a hand reaching out to you to say come away from all the thoughts that you’re terrible, or mean, ugly, all that stuff, come with me on the journey of this song and feel safe to see what’s good about you. This song came after a lot of time of just constantly punishing myself, being in environments that were very punishing and after about a 4-year pursuit (that still carries on today!) of wanting that to change.
The journey out of that place was heavily grounded in talking, friendship, music, singing, movement and slow, gentle time spent trying to mend what had been broken. This song feels like a wound being allowed to catch air and saline. It’s really special to me ~ the discordance in the harmony feels like a little reminder of this not all being sugarcoated fairy lands. There has been a lot of pain that led to this particular flavour of feeling. Not joy in viewing yourself kindly as much as relief.”
Having just completed a run of UK support dates with Tiny Ruins, Lily is set to join Dan Mangan on his extensive EU tour next Spring following festival slots at Mutations Festival, Golden Slippers and Celtic Connections, as well as a performance for Sofar Sounds.
4 November - Mutations Festival, Brighton
20 November - Golden Slippers, London
23 November - Sofar Sounds, London
26 January - Celtic Connections, Glasgow
22 February - Orpheum, Graz (Supporting Dan Mangan)
24 February - Café v Lese, Prague (Supporting Dan Mangan)
25 February - Hydrozagadka, Warsaw (Supporting Dan Mangan)
26 February - Franzz Club, Berlin (Supporting Dan Mangan)
28 February - Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen (Supporting Dan Mangan)
1 March - Nalen Klubb, Stockholm (Supporting Dan Mangan)
3 March - Nochtwache, Hamburg (Supporting Dan Mangan)
5 March - Trix, Antwerp (Supporting Dan Mangan)
6 March - Omeara, London (Supporting Dan Mangan)
Raised in South London, Lily started singing aged two - influenced by her big band-loving granddad - but it wasn’t until she left London to study music in Cornwall that she was encouraged to sing, a gift she had kept quiet for many years. Moving from bustling London to the tranquil English coast meant leaving the world she’d always known, filled with loving chaos and fast-paced characters. “Growing up, it sometimes felt like I was in a scene from the Meyerowitz Stories. Surrounded by the buzz of London and some pretty hectic friends and family, miscommunications and massive personalities were all I knew.” However, this space gave Lily room to reflect, and find power in learning how to command a room, changing up her live sets in a way that didn’t give her audience any choice but to stay quiet and listen.
As she started gigging, turning up to open mics and small shows multiple times a week, Lily became more in tune with the things she wanted to say in her songs. Using her songwriting to figure out who she is and how she wants to live her life, Lyons hopes that, in turn, her listeners will find the encouragement to “reflect on themselves and feel positive about tomorrow”.
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