Teen duo ready to storm the world with magical hooks, and sweet, sweet harmonies
Who would have ever guessed that two sweet, innocent looking girls would not only be able to flawlessly perform some of the nicest Americana music you've ever heard, but perform it with the confidence of seasoned musicians. Music that is full of life-lessons, experience, heartache and love. Music that could have easily been written and composed by names like Croce, Adams, Mayer, John or Manilow. Who would have guessed that these two girls would have been born in the last half of the last decade of the last century. Well, readers in San Antonio (and beyond,) allow me to introduce you to Lily (age 16) and Madeleine (age 18) Jurkiewizc. The sisters, born in Indianapolis, gained major attention after their song “In The Middle” was put up on the California based Social Media site Reddit.
The simplicity of their lyrics belies the complexity with which they are sung
That debut EP “The Weight of the Globe” caught my attention upon first listen. An example of the teens songwriting prowess can be seen in this snippet from “These Great Things,”: “Just to be your collapse/what's the point in staying? Everything you were saying was only true to you,” which leads to a wonderful harmony chorus: “You say you'll do these great things. You think you're so strong, but your wrong, your wrong. I thought you could do anything, but I find with time I've changed my mind.” In the vein of The Church Sisters, The Anderson Sisters (who are part of the huge Anderson Family Bluegrass) and The Secret Sisters, Lily and Madeleine intertwine and sing with such power, grace and experience...with an ease and knowing that only true siblings could have.
Now in the latter part of 2013 they are set to captivate the world with their Self-titled 12-track debut that carries on where “The Weight of the Globe” left off. Smart lyrics and stirring string arrangements abound on this production by Paul Mayhern (John Mellencamp, The Fray.). If it is even conceivably possible, the girls sound even more confident. Standouts include “Sounds Like Somewhere,” “Nothing But Time,” “Lost Upon The Sea,” and the eight plus minute “You Got Out,” which actually ends at the 2:53 mark and picks back up at 4:54 and strongly closes out the ride you've just taken.
“The new album reflects on our experiences as we grow as artists,” Madeleine said through a Sacks and Co. press release. “Looking both back to the places we’ve visited growing up for inspiration, and looking forward to our hopes for the future. This project really feels like our own, and we’re so grateful to those who helped us create it.”
LILY AND MADELEINE
Release/Year: The Weight of the World - 2013
Rating : ****
Release/Year: Self-Titled - 2013
Current tour information available at www.lilandmad.com