Lily & Madeleine

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Lily & Madeleine
Performing in 2016.
Background information
OriginIndianapolis, Indiana, US
GenresFolk pop
Years active2012–present
LabelsNew West Records, Asthmatic Kitty
Websitewww.lilandmad.com
MembersLily Jurkiewicz
Madeleine Jurkiewicz

Lily & Madeleine are an American folk pop duo from Indianapolis, Indiana, consisting of sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz. They have released four full-length studio albums, Lily & Madeleine (2013)[1][2][3][4][5][6] and Fumes (2014) on Asthmatic Kitty, Keep It Together (2016) and Canterbury Girls (2019) on New West Records.

Biography[edit]

Lily & Madeleine began singing together as high school students, uploading home videos of cover songs to YouTube. On the strength of those videos, Bloomington, Indiana producer Paul Mahern invited the two into his studio to record their debut EP, The Weight of the Globe, when their class schedule permitted.[7]

With the help of Kenny Childers (Gentleman Caller), they co-wrote their first original songs for that EP and video of Lily & Madeleine singing in Mahern's studio reached the front page of news aggregator Reddit. The Weight of the Globe was picked up for a 2013 release by Sufjan Stevens's Asthmatic Kitty Records,[8] and John Mellencamp asked the sisters to contribute guest vocals to the soundtrack of his musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.[9]

In February 2013, the two sold out their very first live shows in their hometown of Indianapolis.[10] That October, they made their national TV debut on CBS This Morning[11] in anticipation of their self-titled first LP, released at the end of the month. In reviewing Lily & Madeleine, The New York Times argued that "the thing that flags them as extraordinary is their sibling vocal blend, deep and seamless and relaxed."[12]

In addition to promotional videos such as "Back to the River," directed by Allister Ann in support of The Weight of the Globe, and "Come to Me" from Lily & Madeleine, directed by Tyler Jones, Lily & Madeleine continue to release live videos of their acoustic performances in the studio, directed by Bishop Chatard High School graduates Nicole Lehrman and Stuart Hotwagoner.[13][14]

In February 2019, the duo released their fourth LP, Canterbury Girls, to favorable reviews.[15] Pop Magazine awarded the album a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 stars, praising it as "a beautifully balanced album", further saying that "Lily & Madeleine ask tough questions – about the world, about modern love, about themselves – but their mere delivery is graceful, vulnerable, and ultimately empowering."[16] The album received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from AllMusic, calling it a "solid set of songs", adding that producers "Fitchuck and Tashian prove a tasteful fit for the duo".[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • The Weight of the Globe (Asthmatic Kitty, 2013)
  • Daytrotter Session, May 31, 2013 – Daytrotter Studio, Rock Island, IL (Daytrotter, 2013)

Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deusner, Stephen. "Lily & Madeleine: The Best of What's Next". Paste. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. ^ Dickinson, Chrissie (29 October 2013). "Even Lily & Madeleine find their sudden fame surprising". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. ^ Lester, Paul. "New band of the day: Lily & Madeleine (No 1,580)". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  4. ^ Lewis, Casey. "Meet Lily and Madeleine, The Indie-Folk Sister Duo You Need to Know". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  5. ^ Matheson, Whitney (25 October 2013). "Video debut: Lily & Madeleine's 'Spirited Away'". USA Today. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon (28 October 2013). "CDs From Mallu Magalhães, the Necks, and Lily & Madeleine". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  7. ^ Hyman, Dan (12 August 2013). "Listen Up". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Dickinson, Chrissie (29 October 2013). "Even Lily & Madeleine find their sudden fame surprising". Chicago Tribune.
  9. ^ "Lily & Madeleine: The Best of What's Next". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Lily & Madeleine w/ Shannon Hayden - SOLD OUT! in Indianapolis". Retrieved February 18, 2014.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Second Cup Cafe: Lily and Madeleine". Cbsnews.org. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  12. ^ Pareles, Jon (28 October 2013). "CDs From Mallu Magalhães, the Necks, and Lily & Madeleine". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Lily & Madeleine". YouTube. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  14. ^ Lindquist, David (October 23, 2013). "Lily & Madeleine live video world premiere". Indy Star. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Canterbury Girls by Lily & Madeleine". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  16. ^ Nelson, Josiah (February 27, 2019). "Review: Lily & Madeleine – Canterbury Girls". Pop Magazine. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  17. ^ Donelson, Marcy. "Canterbury Girls – Lily & Madeleine". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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