The Los Angeles based 20-year-old singer songwriter Lili Joy released ‘She’ back on the 31st of May and it comes ahead of an exciting time for the young artist. It arrives ahead of a forthcoming album of the same name, which is due for release in July and this track is an exciting hint at what could be expected.
Admittedly for the California-based singer, ‘She’ is one of her favourite tracks on the new album: “because it is an expression of all that I have been through pursuing music as a young person as well as growing up in adulthood. This song was written as a love song to my past, present, and future self. Showing empathy for my past self, giving thanks for my present existence, and holding hope for the future."
So, a rather existential outlook – but what of the sound?
Well, flange-y reverb-soaked guitar chords welcome the listener, as Joy’s sleek vocal weaves its way through – striking the ear with a dainty yet striking quality. The final layer contributing to a sun-kissed shine comes in the form of a smooth rhythm provided by slightly muted, lounge-like drums. Deeper guitar notes signal a change in tone yet it's not foreboding for long as in the chorus, Lili layers her vocal beautifully – especially in ‘She does it for you’ which draws out, long and glorious – like a feline stretching on a sun-spotted patio.
In terms of production, the song from this former member of Team Blake (on NBC’s The Voice season 16), sees drums and additional writing by Aaron Steele (Hayley Williams, Portugal the Man) and production by John Velasquez (Vacations, Zella Day). This track adds to a growing, impressive back catalogue for the emerging artist – fitting into her brand seamlessly, a brand outlined by her Spotify bio:
“Lili’s dream-like, moody, yet beautiful soundscape is one that speaks to the nature of womanhood. It is not to be overlooked.”