Most unique vocals of the year (so far) go to Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo of the London-based three-piece band known as Lilies On Mars. These experimental shoegazers are playing around with certain sounds and styles that, when paired with their exotic voices, are like nothing I’ve ever heard before. I’m spellbound by this trio of exceptional musicians.
Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo’s journey brought them together when they met 10 years ago while touring as film collaborators for Italian legend Fracno Battiato. After forming Lilies On Mars in 2008 and discovering that they both had a creative affair with the idea of DIY, the Italian duo recorded, mixed, and self-released their debut album in 2009. Shortly after touring the UK, Italy, and Germany, the band welcomed Canadian Matthew Parker on drums and beats.
In their single “Aquarium’s Key,” Matthew immerses us in his effortless flow of rhythmic tapping on drum and snare, while the beautifully bizarre cooing lulls me into a state of mystical daydream: I turn the key to a glass door, and once inside, I relish in the beauty of this underwater garden that my mind has been transported to. Everywhere I turn, the iridescent colors from the foliage dance before me as I am submerged in this beautiful milieu. I’m not ready to leave, so I press play once again.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to know more about Lilies On Mars, including their latest work and upcoming UK tour itineraries. Please check the bands website and/or MySpace for that information. Lilies On Mars will be releasing their newest album, Wish You Were A Pony, very soon! Stay tuned.