[Cover photo credit to Molly McCormick]
String-Americana group The Sweet Lillies have officially revealed the details for their fourth studio album, Equality, set for release on Friday, June 2nd, 2023 via Americana Vibes. Their new single “Words“ is out now. The song is accompanied by a music video that showcases their experience in the studio with cuts from the recording sessions at Mighty Fine Productions in their hometown of Denver, CO.
Violist Becca Bisque shares:
The song ‘Words’ is about overcoming uncertainty and self-doubt. In this song, I question the use of language and its implications. Asking when it is best to speak up and when it is best to be an observer, what is the result of those choices? Self-exploration and self-discovery as it relates to our words is the nature of this piece.
Equality is a collection of songs that represents the current and evolved sound of the band. The Lillies are comprised of Julie Gussaroff (upright bass, vocals, guitar & mandolin), Becca Bisque (viola, vocals & percussion), Dustin Rohleder (guitar & vocals), and Jones Maynard (drums & percussion).
Produced by Grammy-award winner Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, the instrumentation is primarily what you will hear at a live show with the exception of Pandolfi on banjo for a few select tracks, Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident on keys, and Jason Hann from The String Cheese Incident on additional drums.
Chris Pandolfi comments on working on this album:
Every band that makes meaningful music over a long career will go through concentrated moments of evolution where most aspects of their sound and vision take a huge leap forward, seemingly in a moment’s time. Equality, the excellent new album from the Lillies, is a coming of age for this up-and-coming band. From hip-hop-inspired writing to an expansive new sound featuring guest Jason Hann from The String Cheese Incident on drums, this record makes a powerful statement that will surely catch the attention of new ears. Becca, Julie and Dustin all brought their A-game, laying down emotive, compelling live tracks in the studio, exceeding expectations at every turn. It was an honor to produce Equality and I can’t wait to see where it takes The Sweet Lillies.
Each song is a unique composition that blends into the concept of the album, which is Equality. The band state that “Social Justice, self-exploration, and evolution of the spirit are the guiding feelings of this new record.”