Asthmatic Kitty are delighted to announce the debut release from Lily and Madeleine. The Weight of the Globe sounds like something out of another age, not the work of sisters, Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz, a pair of slight teenagers with singing voices that are assured and worldly, born less than two decades ago. No wonder that, on the strength of the viral video performance of the song “In the Middle” (which racked up an unexpected quarter of a million youtube hits), Lily & Madeleine managed to sell out the first two live shows of their career.
Written by over the course of their summer vacation, the EP is a musical snapshot of Lily and Madeleine at a pivotal moment in their lives. Both sisters find themselves pulled in two directions—between a love for the hometown they’ll be leaving behind and their burgeoning wanderlust, turning their backs on the comforts of the past to step into an uncertain future.
Their songs are very much about the experience of growing up in Indianapolis, but they could be about anywhere. When they sing about “the mountain,” they could be singing about any mountain; the “city” could be any city. And the openendedness of Lily & Madeleine’s songwriting is very much intentional. They know they’re not the first young people to come of age in Middle America, or in the middle of anyplace, and songs like “In the Middle” attempt to tell a universal story, one that could take place a hundred years in the past or a hundred years in the future, anywhere in the world. Madeleine’s voice may be lovely and soft, but its worldliness and focus are something one would expect of a much older woman; her younger sister’s voice, paradoxically, is clearer and worldlier still.
Each song on The Weight of the Globe was written as a discrete, self-contained folk pop statement, but thanks to the almost real-time circumstances of recording it, the EP holds together like a collection of interconnected short stories. It’s as sincere as it is sophisticated—and it marks the auspicious debut of a spectacularly talented musical family.
Lily & Madeleine debut ep – The Weight of the Globe is scheduled for release on Asthmatic Kitty on 11th June.
You can also listen to ‘Back to the River’.