Introducing: Liz & The Lofty Things

Whole-bandOkay, so once again we might be slightly on the late side of introducing a band that have been gracing stages for quite some time now. However, after they recently played one of our shows recently we felt that we were quite frankly obligated to introduce them to the rest of the world.

Liz and the Lofty Things are a truly outstanding band with a wealth of talent and charming, eloquent, antiquated and yet contemporary sound. There is something seemingly old fashioned about their music and yet it is so clearly rooted in the contemporary folk scene. It’s a refreshing musical expedition with a rich and vibrant use of fiddles and banjos that gives them a unusual and unrelentingly jovial sound. Combine this with the smooth and sultry vocals of Liz Williams and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

Confessions of the Seasons is the debut album from the band and it’s a touching and heart-rendingly beautiful album from start to finish. It proves itself from the very beginning with the band displaying their incredible talent; their music washes over you in waves filled with a tumult of emotions. It echoes between the touching, endearing and heart-breaking and the uplifting and calming. The resonant drumbeats mingle perfectly with the soaring arcs of the violins, the tender but funky baselines and most importantly the nimble and kindly sounds of the accompanying acoustic guitar.

As if they weren’t strong enough to sell themselves on their music alone, when combined with the fact that they are fronted by Williams they become a musical force to be reckoned with. Williams has a honeyed set of vocals which she knows how to employ with ease and she can use to play on your heart strong’s as easily as any guitar. Her soft and tender voice is carried to you like a warm breath on a cold winters day – it floats and swirls around you before dissipating into the atmosphere. Her vocal talents are superbly matched to her soft and uplifting choice in accompanying music as if she was meant to fit with this band and they were always meant to fit with her.

Liz and the Lofty Things are a tightly entwined musical machine that is making some of the most enchanting and hauntingly beautiful tunes on the folk music circuit today and they are not to be missed.

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Review by Joe Knipe

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