Play 90 second soundbite of 'Maori Legend' @ 'CD quality'
Actually, to use the term 'indie' in any sense is pushing it a bit far, Lilies On Mars really have nothing to do with indie music per se; Lilies On Mars mix, meld and meddle with modernistic forms with their arsenal of instruments and voices. With this self-titled album, Lilies On Mars take control of your brainwaves and twist and turn them until you have no option but to surrender to their wonderfully mystical way. 'Lilies On Mars' is a jagged, distorted album of genre-blurring alternative music for the sensitive-minded experimentalist; rooted in folk, rock and electro but seemingly caring little about pop sensibilities, this contorted, raw edged, bordering on lo-fi work sticks two fingers up at pop normality as it weaves a tantalising and at times brutal web of electric sound that's aiming to trap its listeners by sheer musical mis-direction and compositional irregularity.
'Lilies On Mars' is ten tracks of beautifully convoluted modern music; roaring crescendos sit side by side with restful soundscapes, chilling electric sounds go hand in hand with gently cascading acoustics as incredibly sensitive voices ebb and flow, weaving patterns in space as they pass through the haunting, nerve jangling melee. Weirdly though, although there's quite a sizeable chunk of big sounds here the overall effect is like taking a ride across wind-blown sand dunes on a quad bike with partially deflated tyres; the ride is kinda softly cushioned and the undulations cause you to rise and fall with an easy grace that somehow massages you as you're being gently buffeted - a pleasant and exhilarating experience and one to remember.
Lilies On Mars have created a really original sonic monster and it's hard to believe this is all being executed by just two clever individuals that obviously share a dream, share a vision - Lisa and Marina work as one, they combine seamlessly to create wonderfully inspiring music that's pretty unique and massively rewarding. Lilies On Mars - they'll do for me and this is a really great album!