Maybe one day Lilies will be found on Mars. Some will touch them lightly and they will produce music. If that happens, it’s possible that the sound that flows from the petals would have many similarities with that of Lilies on Mars. A female duo “British/Italo-Alien”, based in London, arrived today with their new album DOT TO DOT, which is the third stage of a very personal journey rooted in their strict dedication to DIY.
If having to pigeonhole their music, one might define it as dreampop. But in reality the sound created by Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo, who produce all their records, touches with its various branches almost forty years of music and psychedelia. There is Syd Barrett, if he was put to tinker with electronics. There’s Brian Eno pop, when pop strayed more courageously towards ambient soundscapes. Elements of Cranes, Pram, Broadcast and the latest Blonde Redhead in their child like voices. But there are also hints of industrial rhythms and shoegaze guitar, as with Slowdive. So there is a whole world of sound giving life to an imaginary sidereal, both playful and psychedelic, which has already gained Lilies on Mars some important live appearances (including the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas) and a series of illustrious collaborations.
Franco Battiato features on the first single from DOT TO DOT entitled “Oceanic Landscape”. Whilst certainly a highlight, the single is still just one of many excellent episodes of an album which has the ability to take a listener into other dimensions, alien, yet extraordinarily alive, emotional and surprising.