Release Date: Feb 26, 2016
Record label: New West Records
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Head here to submit your own review of this album. On February 26th, Indiana natives and sister duo Lily & Madeleine released their third LP, Keep It Together. This album encapsulates the spirit of growth and change in Lily and Madeleine as singers and as young adults. Lily & Madeleine are best known for their powerful vocal prowess.
Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz's Keep It Together is a beautiful third studio album from the young Indianapolis sisters. The duo's career took off just a few short years ago after producer and Zero Boys frontman Paul Mahern discovered their YouTube videos, in which they gorgeously covered songs by Adele, Mumford & Sons, and others. Since then, they strove to release an album a year for three years.
For what appears to be a team that grows together, Lily & Madeleine have brought back producer Paul Mahern for album three, Keep It Together. He produced both their spare debut and the more expansive Fumes, and here they continue in the direction of more complex arrangements and diverse sounds (there's even a "sonic manipulation" credit). While electric guitars and echoey effects were introduced on Fumes, they're more pronounced on tracks like "For the Weak" and the dense and dreamy "Hotel Pool" to the point that the folk label may be routed.
In the short time since forming in 2012, sister folk-pop duo Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz have been causing quite a stir. They impressed Sufjan Stevens enough for him to release their first two records (and one EP) on his Asthmatic Kitty label, and they now find themselves label mates with the likes of Ben Folds and Giant Sand. This third full-length shows off their songwriting abilities with a series of sumptuous, moving songs.
Lily & Madeleine sang 'complacency is the currency/good enough is enough for me' on their 2014 release Fumes. And while their output at such a young age (18 and 21 respectively) is admirable, it feels as if the Indiana duo’s sound is at odds with their talents and motives. Keep It Together draws heavily on themes of identity, social anxiety and the pressures of growing up.