Lily & Madeleine, a sister folk-pop duo from Indianapolis, have had a whirlwind experience for the past three years since a viral YouTube video brought the music industry straight to their door.
What started out as a few unassuming YouTube videos has sparked the start of a promising career for the two sisters.
For fans of Fleet Foxes and First Aid Kit, Lily & Madeleine’s music layers ethereal synthesizers with meandering guitar licks, all the while held together by the steady hum of the bass. The smart, thoughtful lyrics glide lightly over introspective melodies, creating a captivating sound.
The duo has a way with their voices that is both enchantingly familiar and uniquely compelling. They weave intricate harmonies over melodic chord progressions as if imparting secret truths. With Madeleine’s silky-smooth soprano and Lily’s smoky alto, the two voices effortlessly blend together in what the sisters like to call “blood harmony.”
To date, the sisters have released one EP and two full-length albums, with their newest album recently released on Oct. 28. The new album reflects upon the growing pains of not only transitioning into adulthood but also as young artists in the industry balancing both school and music.
With the release of their new album, “Fumes,” the sisters are going on a nationwide promotional tour playing everywhere from New York to Nashville.
As performers, they love audience interactions. After their show in Glasgow, Scotland on their last tour, a father reached out to ask if they would dedicate their song “Back to the River” to his two daughters for the fast-approaching Brighton, England show. The girls couldn’t be happier to do so and only after the performance did his daughters, in tears, come up to thank them.
“Afterwards they came up to us, and they were just sobbing. They were so grateful because I guess they hadn’t seen their father in years, and they were just so touched by the way that we were able to connect them together again.” said Madeleine.
On Wednesday, the duo will be performing at bar and restaurant The Stone Fox in Nashville. This isn’t their first time playing in Nashville, but they are looking forward to participating in the thriving live music scene that brings the city to life.
“It’s a great city, and obviously music is huge here, so it’s very cool to be a part of it.” said Lily.