It’s especially difficult to be critical of music that, at its core, is largely made up of the heart and soul of the artist who wrote it, as even the most rough-cut productions can be far more meaningful than those digitally refined. A Lily’s home-recorded and self-produced EP, Lupa, fits this very description. Referencing the epic of Romulus and Remus, and mirroring the tone and structure the story follows, the release gives listeners a chance to experience the unbound courageousness in James Vella’s distinctive arrangement.
It all begins with “Sparrow,” a track that is raw at its bare bones, and yet easily listenable. The beauty is in the imperfect and harsh way the sounds strike your ear but somehow mix together harmoniously.
The dissonant beginnings of “Animal Temple” and “Holy Comet Lands” hold the same very interesting quality in them. Lupa can make you almost feel like you’re experiencing the music, in much the same way that great narratives seek to immerse their readers into the stories being told.
While “Animal Temple” retains the bright characteristics introduced on the opening, “Holy Comet Lands” introduces a slightly darker undertone to it. All four tracks owe a lot of their artsy…