Lily & Madeleine - Keep it Together review: seamless pop-folk fusion

Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 14:15


Keep it Together

Lily & Madeleine

New West


Indianapolis-based sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz released a beaut of a second album (Fumes) in 2014. Released on Sufjan Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty, the record fused folk and pop in a seamless, natural way, resulting in a purified sound that was equal measures Jenny Lewis and Aimee Mann.

Jumping labels may indicate a change of musical scope, and while the siblings’ sound has altered, it remains rooted to its origins. Far removed from the pastoral ambience of Fumes, however, Keep it Together is buoyed by a swathe of instrumentation (supremely delivered by bandmates Kate Siefker and Shannon Hayden) and a groove quite close to raunchy.

What connects then to now is the musicians’ impeccable sense of melody and the Jurkiewicz’s growing maturity as lyricists.