LILI HAYDN has announced Tuesday, September 16 as the release date for her full-length album LILILAND (via MRI/RED). “LiliLand is the jungle of my mind,” says the distinguished singer, songwriter, composer and violinist of her first album in six years and fourth overall. “Fun, fragile, and ferocious songs about losing everything and getting it back.”
Produced by the Los Angeles-based artist herself and mixed by Darrell Thorp (Radiohead and Beck) with drum work spearheaded by Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey and Tori Amos), the 12-track album is a blend of quirky pop hooks, soulful melody, and raw grooves. It's all unified by her unique brand of violin virtuosity, nakedly honest vocals, and poignant lyrics that reflect her passion for social justice and personal soul-searching.
LILILAND—which will come on the heels of her recent (April) EP release How I Got My Brains Back—features a uniquely arranged rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic “Kashmir” as tribute to the legendary band. Watch the recently released music video for “Kashmir” here. HAYDN performed the song live in 1995 with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at The Forum in Los Angeles and subsequently opened for them on their last U.S. tour.
“LILILAND was written and recorded in the four years following a freak chemical accident in my home, in which the pesticides in the foundation used to prevent termites made me sick, caused brain damage, and forced me to get rid of everything I owned,” says HAYDN. “After trying every therapy around, I finally recovered by way of practicing my violin.” She adds: “My song ‘How I Got My Brains Back' starts with a classical melody that helped me get well, and unleashes the healing mayhem of a rock violin concerto.” HAYDN explores this period of her life in a 2012 TEDx TALK which can be viewed here.
Track Listing For LILILAND:
1. Elephant Trapeze (Welcome to LiliLand) (ft. Blake Mills)
2. My My Cross the Line (ft. Marvin Etzioni and Itai Disraeli)
3. Sea of Gold
4. Did Your Mama (Teach You How to Share?)
7. How I Got My Brains Back (inspired by the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto E minor)
9. This is a Moment of Grace
10. God Said
11. Here is the Rose
12. I Am a Man