On “Requiem,” the band weaves together a break up song that is as melodically angry as its lyrics suggest. Led by a minimal drum and piano introduction, the song’s steady march sets the tone perfectly for singer Lily Claire’s clearly miffed vocal. “Requiem” goes for the emotion with good results.
“‘I will write you a requiem’ was a phrase that had been rattling around my head for a while,” Claire told Paste. “I had been thinking about the way we—me, you, anyone—come to terms with the expiration of a relationship. The period of mourning can be so dramatic even if the ending itself is anticlimactic. I had tried the line in a few different places but nothing felt quite right until I wrote that bass line on the piano.”
Lily & the Parlour Tricks are known for their three-part harmonies between singer Lily Claire and backing singers Morgane Maulherat and Darah Golub, which gives the band its unique sound. The ladies are backed up by drummer Terry Moore, bassist Brian Kesley, and guitarist Angelo Spagnolo. The band is also known for their live shows, which feature Claire, Maulherat, and Golub in matching outfits and perfectly in step choreography.