Bostonian band, Lilith came out with a great album a few months back and the Sweet Static family is loving it! Lilith is Hannah Liuzzo (guitar, vocals), Kelsey Francis (bass, vocals), and Alex Bourne (drums).
‘Loaded’ starts the EP with attitude-filled lyrics and a more mellow tune behind them. The layered vocals create a dreamy atmosphere, which is punctured by the metallic shrill of the guitar.
‘Rated R’ offers a brighter sound than its predecessor, both in vocals and instrumentals, but it comes as a pleasant development of Lilith’s sound rather than another side to it. The song is brief, but brings about just enough sunshine to the record.
“Nothing 2 u” is a sad song, but Hannah and Kelsey’s vocals are heard with much more clarity than before. Their message needs to be heard loud and clear, despite it not being the most agreeable one. The song talks about two people who have reached some sort of disconnect in their relationship, and lyrics like “I can’t avoid this life/ I guess I’ll die” and “I hope I’m nothing to you” reveal the extent to which this lack of connection is affecting Hannah.
In direct opposition to ‘Nothing 2 u,’ comes ‘Nickname,’ a song about being enthused by someone. “You make me want to do/All the things you do,” “I just wanted to tell you that you’re my favorite artifact” are only two of the ways in which the lyrics express the singer’s affection. “Nickname” also hints at the idea that maybe this feeling is not exactly healthy, with lines like “I’m pulling my hair out fast repeating your nickname back”.
‘Lean’ closes Apology Plant shows us the reflections of what appears to be someone’s mistress. Rather simple lyrics, mostly phrased as questions like “What do you talk about with her in your house / When you lean on me?” explore the nature of their relationship. Her true feelings are exposed in the lyrics “I want to latch on you / But I’ll sever it right before you can make this high maintenance”, especially when these are repeated and the instrumentals grow in intensity. It is a strong closing to an EP that is fantastic in characterizing Lilith’s identity as a band, and will be sure to attract attention to this very talented trio.
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