Music Reviews
Lille

Lille

Tall Shoulders

Whale Heart

There’s something unique about the ukulele. We associate it with Hawaiian music and ’20s jazz bands, and while it’s easy to pluck off a few chords, it’s as tough to master as the accordion or the zither. In the band Lille, Grace Bellury picks out lonely love songs backed by a minimal drum kit, some keys, and some snaky-sounding reeds. Bellury’s vocals exist in a smooth, contemplative dimension, abjuring the heart-rending “person finds person, person loses person” stock footage and replacing it with a melancholy existentialist viewpoint – “I’m here, they’re not, I want them back, but meanwhile I’ll watch some Godard on VHS.” This EP barely touches on her skill set – there are only five cuts and each one is a film festival moment, fraught with symbolism, intrigue, and bathed with a mysterious significance that might not reveal itself until the second bottle of no-name merlot at the after party argument. I feel a black beret coming on. Do you have any Galois straights? I’m flat out. Thanks. Got a light?

Whale Heart Records: http://whaleheartrecords.com • Lille Music: http://www.myspace.com/lillemusic


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