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Reviewed by Sam Vegar

Lilah: Christmas

Reviewed by Sam Vegar

Lilah: Christmas

If being completely carried away and coated in a disconnected reality is something you like to feel while listening to music, ‘Christmas’ may well be an album for you. The ethereal album cover photographed by Louis Reeve, also on guitar and voice, exactly portrays the dreamlike world Lilah’s music gives you a window into. Christian Williams plays drums, with Jo Cain on bass, tapes and moog, and Louis Reeve on guitar and filtered voice. After introducing themselves with a debut self-titled album in 2014, the Wellington trio have stayed true to their alternative, artful punk style. Cain and Reeve share the recording and production credits, with Cain’s tracks apparently recorded to cassette, the nine tracks presenting a range of songs that truly transports the listener. Instrumental Belles and L.L consist of slow beats and repetitive melodies built on unresolved chords that create a mysterious and droney sound, while more upbeat tracks like Felt In The Throes build on subdued guitar riffs that lead mellow energy constantly throughout the full piece. With all lyrics written by Reeve and the music co-written with Cain, the nine track album evidences a lot of hard work to create a surprisingly diverse collection of hypnotic material that leaves you very engaged.