Singer-songwriter Lily Lambert straddles the line between earthen folk and a more ethereal indie pop noise. Born in England, the part-Irish, part-Welsh musician has been working through her folk influences for quite some time, blending in dreamy pop melodies and delicate arrangements that highlight the inherent fragility of her mesmerizing voice. She possesses a unique perspective on how these sounds should interact and has resolved their connected impulses through a series of gentle folk ruminations.
But her path wasn’t always focused on music—she graduated law school with honors. She gave that up when music kept calling to her and pulled her toward New York City, where she moved to pursue a career as a singer. Burying herself in the hum and ruckus of the city, she found herself performing in a number of local musicals and various off-Broadway productions. And it was during this time, while waiting in audition rooms and relaxing in backstage areas, that she began to write music that allows her to explore the sounds that had been echoing inside her head for years.
After receiving acclaim following the release of her debut record, “Life of Lily,” back in 2013, she began to refine and further develop her folk-lite sound, creating a shimmering luminescence that speaks to her influences, as well as the history of music that swims through her blood. And with the release of her forthcoming album, “Wherever You Go” (due out Dec. 15), she’s looking to continue this examination of how these sounds react to one another.
On her latest single, “Ooh La La La,” Lambert evinces a casual acoustic simplicity, with a vocal melody reminiscent of Nico that spirals around before coming to rest gently on your shoulder. It’s weightless but not without purpose, a persuasive indie folk track that presents her voice as an emotional carrier, one that bears an extensive history of personal experience. It’s upbeat and tinged with nostalgic memories of love and expectation, bearing a hesitant optimism that brightens the room. It houses a certain pastoral minimalism and provides an easy way to dig into the inclusive intimacy that she offers without asking for anything in return.
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