“This backpacking yellow bird with Eurasian heritage has seen corners of the world that many musicians only dream of visiting, widely expanding her already versatile pallet by way of country, soul and acoustic music – picking up vocal tips and tricks learned along her path to success”
“Australian singer Lily returns with a classic new song entitled “My Heart”, written by fellow Ode to the Dudes artist, Billie Reid. The track is the first release from the 30-year-old in 2017, and demonstrates how far she has come since her 2013 EP, Ariel. Previously well known for her breakthrough debut, 2012’s Dreamer; with “My Heart” Lily continues to cement her ability to impress audiences overseas, while Reid reasserts his importance as an understated songwriter.
Lily is no stranger to life on the road. This backpacking yellow bird with Eurasian heritage has seen corners of the world that many musicians only dream of visiting, widely expanding her already versatile pallet by way of country, soul and acoustic music – picking up vocal tips and tricks learned along her path to success. Notably Lily has spent time in Nashville, Tennessee, lending weight to the argument that her music falls on the honky-tonk side of the tracks, sometimes drawing comparison to rising country starlets such as Clare Dunn and Maren Morris. Harbouring a steadfast affinity with the Indian Ocean also lends an easy-listening ear to Lily’s songs: it’s no wonder she claims “essence of music is in honesty and connectivity, the ideal performance a blend of tangible expression and quiet composure.”
Now settled in Western Australia, Lily calls Fremantle home, and has built a strong fan base out of local followers over the past few years. Working once again with long term collaborator and writer Reid, Lily’s beautiful vocal amplifies the resounding strength behind the lyrics of “My Heart”. Although the song is essentially about heartbreak, there’s underlying power brought by Lily’s assertion that she’s willing to go “through the fires of hell” to find her way back to love. Nevertheless, “My Heart” also has a yearning sense of helplessness that only adds to its romance.
A standing point of the music is Reid’s songwriting: thick with poetic references and tales of loss, on paper it looks like a beautiful love letter, but when sung by Lily the words transform into a powerful message. It’s the production of “My Heart” however that really brings the song alive, adding layers to Lily’s music that were previously missing and encouraging an overall epic atmosphere from someone who would normally be confined to the acoustic bracket.
Lily’s talent has been woefully undiscovered so far, but if “My Heart” proves anything, it’s that those who find her music are in for a stunning surprise”