Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Musical Motivation: Black Lilys

Black Lilys are a French brother and sister duo Camille & Robin Faure who, inspired by the beauty and sheer power of human resilience, magically create a lush musical landscape in a sensitive, ethereal brew of  ‘dark pop.’ They produce music that balances both strength and vulnerability, a smooth blend between Robin’s driving guitar melodies and Camille’s effortless husky, breathy vocals. Based in both Lyon and Edinburgh, the band release their first UK single ‘Yalakta’ on 3rd April 2020. We caught up with them to find out what songs make them...


Angus and Julia Stone - Santa Monica Dream

Cam: The whole album is marvelous. We really love this band, and on top of that, it's a  bother and a sister, like us.

The power of this song is that you really feel part of this moment they describe and you don't want to leave.


Rob: We discovered this Icelandic artist few years ago. Every time we listen to this song, we want to listen to it again and again. There is always something new to listen in the song. The record is amazing, her breathing gives us goosebumps.  


Bon Iver - Heavenly Father// Acapella - Live at Sydney Opera House

Cam: This song is only available on YouTube I think. They are performing with The Staves, another band that we really like. (siblings again!) There's a moment when Justin Vernon, the singer, is kind of shouting. It's breathtaking! After this, you're done, you can't hold your tears back. It's a really fascinating performance. They seem so connected to each other and are there to serve the music.


The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want

Rob: A classic that never gets old. We didn't know where to put them.

The power of this band is that they can do everything. They can make you cry, laugh, dance, smile, feel relax, confident... It's really inspiring.

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Sigrid - Don’t Kill My Vibe

Cam: I saw her on stage a few months ago on stage, it was in Glasgow. She was jumping everywhere, especially on this song. The audience was jumping too. It was crazy! Every time I listen to this song, I need to sing along and jump, I can not help.  


Cat Stevens - Father and Son

Rob: We were listening to this album a lot during our childhood. It reminds us Sunday morning when you can smell the toasted bread from your bed and you finally find to motivation to wake up.


Olafur Arnalds - Dalur

Cam: It was hard to pick only one song of Olafur Arnalds. Every song is a masterpiece. This one makes me melancholic, but not in a bad way. I cry a lot, when I am happy, moved or sometimes sad. This whole album helps me when I need to find a safe place to cry. This song sounds like a whisper that would tell me "That's ok, you can be, let it go"

Feel Determined

First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining

Rob: Sisters again! I think we are listening to a lot of siblings. This song is so powerful. When I listen to this song, I want to grab my suitcase and go. Not worried to leave everything behind me, and confident about what the future will bring.


Cam: This song is already perfect when it starts, I am already dancing with only the bass.

What I love in the song are the surprises, the different ambiences, this kind of "up and down". They take risks but without never losing you, you could play it on repeat and dance all night.

When you think the song is ending, it's actually just getting ready to come back, more powerful then it was before. We saw them on stage in Paris. The show was stunning.

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