June 23, 2006
Lily Allen will make you smyyyle
My post on the JoBoxers was not really out of the blue. I would call them skapop and the same term could be applied to some of the songs by ubercute/edgy Lily "I bin poppin my collar' Allen, who has been the Chloe Sevigny of the blogger set (minus bad clothes / weirdness) for a few months. Her first single was LDN (that's pronounced London, trolls!) and featured a brilliant cycling-through-London video. From that video alone - did you watch it, trolls? - how can you not like her?
Now Lily has a whole album coming out. Think of it as an orgy of influences: the Specials, Madness, JoBoxers, Neneh Cherry, the Kinks, a little Blur, The Jam and The Style Council (whenever I type that, I hear it in an accent that sounds like "Stoile Cownseeel"). All this is filtered through Lily's own off-kilter views of modern Brit life, city culture and people. It would sound great blasting out a car; it's the type of CD that has bits of dialog and hooksallover and layers of stuff going on. Her lyrics dig much deeper than the tunes, so listen close.
That sharp-as-a-tack Tremble Clef - who is within miles of me right now, I think!? - did a post on Everything's Wonderful that has mysteriously disappeared. RIAA troubles? I'd love to hear Lily collaborate with last years soul diva/rapper Estelle because they have a similar sensibilty that is basically sunny, but acknowledges the dark edges of life today.
The album is called Alright...Still and is out July 17, same day as The Pipettes! Christmas in July for the New Pop. I should note that Lily is a sweet girl too: read this post about her bad night on stage. Love. Her. She makes we want to go down to the chippie in my street, eexcept that we don't have a chippie here and we don't say "in my street" in America. ..So it goes!
Must-see link: Music Like Dirt's page of all thing Lily Allen
Must-see video: Smile below