It’s not often that you listen to an artist for the very first time and feel as if you have always known them.
Lillimure has that kind of timeless quality, that effortless brilliance, the voice, the stories, the subtle and important uniqueness that sets her apart from, well, just about everyone. She reminds me of Jill Scott. Not that she sounds like her, but that she absolutely and undeniably sounds like herself, without compromise. And she plays with the music like Jill does, she spirals around inside of it, a master. No wonder she will be studying at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU this fall.
With only 20 years on the planet, her songs are truly astonishing. Like Norah Jones she transcends her age and ours. She brings her beautiful music to our eager ears without messy preconceptions or the hang up of genres and types. She is what we all yearn for in an artist…a unique, body and soul.
The album has a gorgeous live feel, pure, unadulterated, blissfully live. The arrangements are amazing, her voice front and center, yet subtle and agonizingly real. She’s a dream and her songs are incredibly sophisticated in their simplicity. Her range is immense and soulful and exquisite. She has Elvis Costello level songwriting skills….slightly off balance and impressively heartbreaking.
This is a star, not just in the making but fully formed. She must have been born this good and, quite frankly, I hope she develops ever so slowly. The world needs more of Lillimure just as she is. I’m hopelessly in love with this record. You. Must. Buy. It. I hope her music is the sound of our lives to come.
Henry Mermer: Drums
Sam Caldwell: Keys
Jason Robbins: Bass
Dawson Abdurahman: Guitar
Carter Pankow: Guitar
Michael Gorlin: Saxophone
Changhun Park: Saxophone
Carey Ozmun: Trumpet
Cameron Carrella: Saxophone
Conor Powers: Trombone
Choir: Charlotte Athinasidy, Samantha Miley, Abby Menocal, Amanda Montgomery, Greg Calidonna, Matthew Harmon, Donavan Austin