Alex Lilly, 2% Milk Review
Alex Lilly (Obi Best, Touché, Zero Dezire and The Living Sisters) is a Los Angeles songwriter, signer, producer, keyboardist. Lilly started playing piano at fourteen and then guitar at age fifteen. Her early influences included Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, and The Beatles. Later, she found jazz and 20th century classical. Lilly’s love and curiosity for music theory found substances in Messiaen, Ives, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, etc. That open-minded curiosity landed her many opportunities in the world of music. Some of those are touring in Beck’s band, with the Bird and the Bee and Lorde. Now Lilly is releasing a full-length album of her own titled, 2% Milk. The debut album’s title track “2% Milk,” was adapted by Lilly from a poem by Jacqueline Suskind, an LA poet who improvises free verses for strangers. The record includes contributions by Jacob Bercovici (of The Voidz), Andy Bauer (of Twin Shadow), and LA electronic pioneer Daedelus. Lilly has been writing songs while working as a keyboardist and backup singer on tour. 2% Milk is released on the label founded by Inara George, who leads the Bird and the Bee with the producer Greg Kurstin. Lilly delivers ten tracks that are well produced, with full sounds, a plethora of resonances from the electronica genre with a smidge of pop sensibility. Lilly’s vocals are intoxicating, and her lyrics are ardently complex, but never heavy. This is a creative ride, so hold on and by all means, keep dancin’.
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Release Me Records
With Lilly, expect what you would not expect. Her songwriting and vocal style is always taking surprising turns, which leads to a new corner of the musical universe that you never knew you were missing until now.