Lily And Madeleine Jurkiewicz, better known as the singing duo Lily & Madeleine, had a huge 2013 with the release of their first EP 'The Weight of the Globe' and a self-titled LP last October, and now they're gearing up for another tremendous year, starting off with a string of tour dates in the UK in February 2014 (full listings below).
Their next single 'I've Got Freedom' is set for release on 25th February (Asthmatic Kitty) and showcases the sisters' folk-pop-centric beauty, rich narratives and alluring presence. 'I've Got Freedom' also epitomises the duo's hopes: "we've lived in this bubble of education," says Madeleine, "and now we have more freedom to express ourselves in our own way and to escape that bubble."
The two sing with a spare elegance that's all the more breathtaking for seeming to come to them so naturally. Both Lily and Madeleine can sing powerfully, but you will find no show-off pyrotechnics here. They are not afraid of fragility or vulnerability. As with all the best family bands, their harmonies sound effortless, two distinct expressions of the same idea or emotion.
At just 16 and 19 respectively, their youth scarcely comes across in their tight, confident musical performances, but it does mean that those performances have been relatively rare. That's changing this year, with a generous string of tour dates in the UK and in the US in the first half of the year.
UK Tour Dates:
Mon 10 Feb - Sneaky Pete's - Edinburgh
Tue 11 Feb - Broadcast - Glasgow
Wed 12 Feb - The Castle - Manchester
Thu 13 Feb - St Pancras Old Church - London
Fri 14 Feb - The Birdcage - Bristol
Sat 15 Feb - Mike's Frog Bar - Brighton
Listen to 'I've Got Freedom' here: