Yet another little electronic act from Perth is expanding the conceptions of Pop Music – this time it’s Lilt. Following a handful of successful acts like San Cisco, Flower Drums and Kućka, Perth keeps handing the rest of Australia reminders that they’ve got something the rest of the nation doesn’t. Aside from the abundance of sharks, and the higher rates of skin cancer – they have an isolated creativity pool of electronic music.
Not sure where it comes from exactly, but Lilt are yet another example of the talent Perth produces.
Off the back of their debut Swim EP gathering rave reviews, Drum Media’s EP of the Week, and WAM Song of the Year nominations, Lilt have dropped two consecutive singles to keep critics buzzing. ‘Don’t Tell Me‘, released earlier this year shows the group have an undergrad in understanding the exact formula to chill-ax. The track begging you to fall into your subconscious and mull over the emotions running through your introspection. It’s still exciting, there is that ever-important build (and release) that is required in soft electro-pop like this, and 2:55 gives the listener a marvellous drop that will create many nodules in your mind. It works to deepen the track, creating a light and shade that keeps the listener’s attention. Otherwise, a listener will often find their focus drifting away. Having been in high rotation on Triple J, it’s a well-executed foray into the pop market for electronic music.
The second single, ‘Take,’ for which a video was released today through Pile TV, sings a slightly different tune. It’s slow, muted; it’s fragile and almost incoherent. Relatively, it feels like a long, emotional comedown. Throughout the track, I expected it to have the same build and release that ‘Don’t Tell Me’ showcased, an addition with layering of effects that would bring the penultimate chorus to it’s glory. Unfortunately, ‘Take’ never really got there. As the track finished I wasn’t fully satisfied with my meal. Let’s not devalue the delicate vocals of Louise Penman, and the nice electronic scaling that defined the genre, Lilt have all the potential in making a footprint on the larger Australian scene. The more they release, the further they’ll develop, and I’m keeping my eyes on these ones.
If you like the sound, check out their page here.