My favourite nights are those that are unplanned. Even better are the ones that are jam packed with so many events that you wake up feeling like you had three or four nights in one. On Saturday night I whizzed from the mission, over to a show in Oakland, back to the mission, and eventually ended up at Bottom of the Hill, walking in to the venue just in time to see Yassou Benedict's set. After a night of dashing back and forth, this show stopped me in my tracks.
Singer Lilie Bytheway Hoy stood front and centre of stage, lit up by dramatic blue lights, as the rest of the band flanked her, everyone dressed completely in white. I was drawn to the stage as if Lilie were a siren and me a helpless, foolish sailor. I was completely transfixed, and stood there dumbfounded and amazed, as everything around me disappeared. Lilie has an empowering and ethereal stage presence and voice, and the band amplify her; building the dramatics and overall otherworldly sound.
When I got home after the show, I stayed up for hours delving in to their world online. I have to admit I've been a obsessed ever since, maybe even a bit in love. This beautiful video below for the title track from their album In Fits In Dreams perfectly captures their sound; the slow-burning candles as the backing music, the floaty gown Lilie wears as her soothing voice, the breathtaking scenery as the orchestra of atmospheric instruments.
You can stream the full album via Soundcloud below – It's an ethereal masterpiece. Trust me, I've been listening to it non-stop ever since I got home on Saturday night.