Earlier this month, I wrote about Lily & Madeleine, an Indianapolis, IN-based folk pop duo, consisting of siblings Lily and Madeline Jurkiewicz. The act can trace its origins to when the Jurkiewicz Sisters began singing together while in high school, uploading home videos of various cover songs to YouTube. Those videos catgut the attention of Bloomington, IN-based producer Paul Mahern, who invited the sisters into his studio to record what would become their debut EP, 2013’s The Weight of the Globe when their class schedule permitted. Kenny Childers (Gentleman Caller) assisted by co-writing the material off the EP with the sisters; but it was video of the sisters singing in Mahern’s studio reached the front page of news aggregator Reddit — and as a result, Sufjan Stevens signed the Jurkiewicz Sisters to his label Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Adding to a growing profile, John Mellencamp asked the Jurkiewicz Sisters to contribute guest vocals to the soundtrack of his musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. After playing some of their first sold out shows in their hometown, they made their national TV debut on CBS This Morning to promote their self-titled, full-length debut, which was released in February 2013. The album was praised from a number of major media outlets, including The New York Times, which praised the album for their extraordinary sibling vocal blend, “deep and seamless and relaxed.” Since then the Indianapolis-based sibling folk pop duo have released two more albums — 2014’s Fumes, which was released through Asthmatic Kitty and 2016’s Keep It Together, which was released through New West Records.
Now, as you may recall, the Jurkiewicz Sisters kicked off this year with the inclusion of “Just Do It” on the first Spotify New Music Friday playlist of 2019 and the track, which was co-produced by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuck, who worked on Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour pairs the Lily and Madeleine’s gorgeous and effortless harmonizing with a shimmering dance pop-like production centered around a sinuous bass line, twinkling keys, hand claps and fluttering electronics; but at its core, the song not only talks about taking chances, it talks of confidently coming of age as a woman — and demanding what you need and want from yourself and others.
Canterbury Girls, the Jerkiewicz Sisters’ the fourth full-length album is slated for a February 22, 2019 release through New West Records and interestingly, its latest single is the Phil Spector-like “Can’t Help The Way I Feel.” Centered by what may arguably be the tightest and funkiest groove on the entire album, the track features a razor sharp and infectious hook, handclaps, winkling keys. shimmering and arpeggiated organ lines and the Jerkiewicz Sisters easygoing yet gorgeous harmonizing. At its core, the song’s narrator is proud and defiant, openly saying that while her friends may disapprove of her love interest, she simply can’t help how she feels — even if the relationship isn’t good for her. Somehow, I suspect that many of us can relate.
Lily & Madeleine will be touring to support the new album throughout February and March, and the tour will include a February 21, 2019 stop at Rough Trade. Check out the tour dates below.
Mon., Feb. 18 / Cafe Nine / New Haven, CT
Weds., Feb. 20 / The Saint / Asbury Park, NJ
Thurs., Feb. 21 / Rough Trade NYC / Brooklyn, NY
Fri., Feb. 22 / World Cafe Live Upstairs / Philadelphia, PA
Sat., Feb. 23 / Songbyrd / Washington, DC
Mon., Feb. 25 / Cat’s Cradle – Back Room / Carrboro, NC
Tues., Feb. 26 / Eddie’s Attic / Decatur, GA
Thurs., Feb. 28 / Zanzabar / Louisville, KY
Fri., Mar. 1 / Deluxe @ Old National Centre / Indianapolis, IN
Sat., Mar. 2 / Schubas Tavern / Chicago, IL
Sun., Mar. 3 / Turf Curb / St. Paul, MN
Mon., Mar. 4 / The Mill / Iowa City, IA
Weds., Mar. 6 / The Pike Room at The Crofoot / Pontiac, MI
Thurs., Mar. 7 / The Drake Hotel / Toronto, ON, Canada
Fri., Mar. 8 / Quai Des Brumes / Montreal, QC, Canada
Sat., Mar. 9 / Berklee College of Music: The Red Room @ Cafe / Boston, MA