The talented song writer and visionary, Billie Reid and the charming nightingale Lily, are two gifted musicians imbuing tenderness and authenticity into the heart of their music. With Billie’s poetic facility and Lily’s sweet, savory voice, the two musical pros offer a meal for our ears with a more appetizing and innovative flair. Abandoning the bandwagon of trendy, sell-out lyrics and provocative melodies, the artists breathe passion and honesty into their songs.
In Lily’s new release, “Ariel”, Lily mirrors Billie’s talent for writing poetic music as she boldly writes the lyrics to her own song. The lyrics in this song express the bitter two-faced-nature of love. In the first verse, she reflects upon feelings of despair: “And wonder if you are driving around in circles/thinking of nothing/like me”, revealing her inner turmoil as she wonders if her pain is shared. As Lily explores the anguish of feeling shackled by lingering love, there is a strong sense of pathos that is incited through the music. She also exposes a raw vulnerability through her delicate tone, which flows gently though the verses. This softness is complimented nicely with the elegant instrumentals that draw the listeners deep into the song’s sincerity. There is also a compelling build-up of tension as the soft tone in the verses contrast with the forceful chorus. This disparity in tone captures the real ups-and-downs of love.
In the extended version of “Ariel”, the contrast between the verse and the chorus is even more pronounced. The instrumentals in the verses are more delicate, creating a stronger contrast to the soulful chorus. In addition, the end of the song is more dramatic as there is an extended outpouring of emotion, leaving us on a more solemn, yet contemplative note.
In the two songs, “Love Song 612” and “In Dreams With You”, Lily is truly the ideal voice to convey the expressive metaphors and sweet harmonies of Billie’s music. In “Love Song 612”, Lily offers us uninhibited honesty as she sings about the impossibility of expressing love in mere words. When true love is experienced, it’s nearly impossible to explain through mere words. As love is a complex and abstract force, it cannot be fully coined or categorized.
As Lily softly caresses the lyrics, she evokes the honesty of Norah Jones and the soulful, reflective emotion of Bailey Ray. This realism and authenticity is accentuated through the music video, which records Lily as she sings in the studio. There is a plain and unencumbered naturalism about the setting, capturing the rawness and trueness behind Billie’s lyrics.
The sentiment of the song matches brilliantly with her rich, silky voice, creating a powerful penetrating effect. Here, Lily does not try to be a glittery, melodramatic twenty-something belting out bogus love songs. Rather, she confronts these tacky clichés, breathing courage and grace into the core of her music. Ultimately, Lily possesses a rare, effortless sophistication filled with nuances of serenity that is calming to the soul.
Lily also reveals this artistry in the song, “In Dreams With You”. In this piece, Billie writes about the magic of meeting one’s fellow dreamer and experiencing a soul-deep connection. The first verse recounts the initial encounter: “I saw my dreams reflected in your eyes”, expressing the moment of discovery when realizing your desires are entrenched in the soul of your destined counterpart. When one’s hopes and dreams coincide with your fellow dreamer’s, you uncover the path to bliss. Billie further explores this idea with a beautiful metaphor in the chorus “I wanna spend my life in dreams with you”, which beautifully compares life-long love to a surreal journey.
The instrumental part of the song has a Country slow song vibe, which is given extra dimension through the passionate and sweet undertones in Lily’s voice. Overall, the romantic and earnest melody effectively captures the sentiment of the song– the lure of dream-like love. This passion is sensitively reinforced through Lily’s music video, which uses a close-up shot to emphasize her genuine emotion throughout the performance. Her eyes glint with a mature and heart-felt thoughtfulness during the entire video.
Through Lily’s musical tranquility and Billie’s artistic lyrics, we receive a refreshing treat for the senses. Together, these musicians are a true reminder that under-the-radar, alternative music is severely undervalued these days.