A friend recently passed me, one of the gems of 2009. Produced at Sound Arts in San Francisco, Lily Taylor's "overtones" is both soulful and melodic. The dominant instrumentation is voice and piano, with occasional interludes and conjectures by guitarist John Miller and cellist Stephan Canny. Lily Taylor, also known for her numerous performances around the city as a live looping artist, puts forth a strong show singing lead and back up vocals. The temporal quality of Lily's voice is reminiscent of 6° artist Jorane, emoting a similar contemporary classical style. One particular draw is the clean and unhurried sense of sensibility, the eight songs unfold naturally in their own space and time, a welcome relief from the all too high speed pace of modern life. The narrative of songs found is both intriguing and mysterious, leaving the listener far from jaded and definitely thirsting for more. Searching itunes I couldn't find this album, though Lily has a MySpace webpage:
Where you can wet your appetite with samples and find out about shows.