Ten years ago, the Pennsylvania-based veteran indie outfit the Ocean Blue released the now rare EP Waterworks. Well, rather, it was until recently rare, as the group announced that it would be re-releasing the EP in addition to several unreleased tracks, recorded around the same time as the EP. Now, Waterworks has the feel of a full-length release.
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George Clinton (of the Parliament Funkadelic fame) once called violinist and songwriter Lili Haydn “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin”, a compliment that’s as accurate as it is superlative. Hadyn’s skill with the bow and strings can be seen all throughout her latest outing, Lililand, which comprises 12 tracks that highlight her top-notch violin playing, honest lyricism, and musical creativity. (There’s a particularly brooding cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Kashmir”, which takes to the violin quite well). Below you can stream “Elephant Trapeze”, Lililand‘s opening number.