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by Helena Deland

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After the French composer Lili Boulanger’s untimely death, her sister Nadia actualized the ultimate sororal pact by devoting her life to spreading the legacy of her younger sister’s musical genius. It was when Deland’s friend Lylz arranged a concert of the late sisters’ compositions a century later that Deland first heard the Boulangers’ music and learned of their immortal devotion to one another. The tone was set, then, for Deland’s epic homage to her friendship with Lylz: a double-edged promise to sisterhood and to the mirthless pursuit of recognition. From a history hopeful in its hauntedness springs “Lylz”: an ode to a friendship born out of mutual esteem and fanned by the flames of worldly dissatisfaction. Recorded with Jake Portrait in his Greenpoint studio, the song playfully unites lush, ominous sounds with innocent yet macabre lyrics, like a candlelit murder mystery in which an unconditional alliance with another player is felt in the warmth of a glance. “Lylz” pens out in loopy lapis cursive the delicate line between a lust to be witnessed, and the buoyant, aching forever-after of female friendship.

"Lylz" is Deland's first release since her 2018 series of EPs entitled "Altogether Unaccompanied", a two-year period during which she toured with Weyes Blood and Connan Mockasin, amongst others, opened for Iggy Pop in Paris and collaborated with JPEGMAFIA.

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You don’t need to worry:
We’ve got this
I’ve got my driver’s license
And you will need to practice
We’ll leave on the sly
Blasting the Boulanger sisters
And if one of us dies
The other will make sure
Her life’s work goes down in history

You’ll be famous
For burning
With desire
For everything

I don’t need to worry we’ve got this
I’m feeling isolated
and you’ve got all the gossip
Come over make face masks
Death masks
For future reference
A statue will smirk at tourists
Sitting on park benches

Let’s get out of here
Yeah, we’ve had it
It’s all smoke and mirrors
The time has come for us to vanish
Burn the bridge to this world
Of terrifying uncertainty
Step on it: hurl us into
Worthwhile mystery

You’ll be famous
For burning
And I’ll be known for
My taste in choosing
Who’s light mine burns out next to
Who I warm my life to
For everything


released July 14, 2020
Co-wrote by Helena Deland (words and music) and Jake Portrait (music)
Produced by Jake Portrait
Additional production by Gabe Wax
Mixed by Gabe Wax
Mastering by Heba Kadry
Candle by Janie Korn


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