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We Are The Lilies
We Are The Lilies We Are The Lilies
Released 7 January 2011
Label Third Side Records
Length 45:07
Genre Indie
Website myspace.com/wearethelilies

Every once in a while a band comes along whose back story alone proves that there is still a little romance and magic left in the music industry, We Are The Lilies are a prime example of this. The band came into being due to a mutual respect and admiration between French band Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family and Sergio Dias, founding member of legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes. Rather than just performing guest appearances on each others albums they decided to record an album; the eponymous We Are The Lilies is the end product.

There are certain songs where you can’t help but feel that a lot of fun was had while recording them; 'The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill' by The Beatles or 'Sweet Virginia' by The Rolling Stones being obvious examples. This whole album sounds like all involved were having fun, it pops and fizzes throughout with an energy and exuberance that seeps into the songs, becoming immediately evident with the first ‘Hey’ on opening track 'Cry When You Sleep'. Similarly the playful piano and percussion of 'Over My Head' seems to mirror the enjoyment, culminating in the overlong descending chords that precede the chorus, one of those moments that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Though the majority of the album is recorded in English the vocalists did record some of their tracks in the vernacular such as 'Sarava' and 'Jean Et Jeanne'. My French is rusty at best and my Portuguese is nonexistent but it doesn’t take a multilinguist to know that these tracks continue on in the same pleasant vein as their predecessors.

We Are The Lilies, as an album, is anchored firmly in the classic rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s; one minute you’re listening to what sounds like sax heavy David Bowie from the Hunky Dory era, the next you’re hearing the vocal harmonies of The Beach Boys or being reminded of the Indian influenced output from The Beatles; definitely not groundbreaking but a whole lot of fun. Rather fittingly two guest stars from this period appear; Jane Birkin, best known for her sexually charged recording of 'Je t’aime... (moi non plus)', lends her vocals to the delicate 'Marie' while Iggy Pop, best known as the hell raising frontman of The Stooges and... errrr... as an insurance salesman of late, joins forces with The Lilies on the raucous rocker 'Why?'- a video of which can be found on the band’s MySpace page.

We Are The Lilies is the perfect antidote to all the commercial pop music that infests the charts. The reasons for this collaboration are pure; to make fun music. There are moments that don’t quite fit here, the free form jam of closing track 'Oh Bahia' for instance didn’t do a whole lot for me, but overall the enthusiasm of all involved make this a worthwhile album. Not quite an album that will change the world, but one that is guaranteed to make you smile.

- Brian Kinsella