As if blessed by Harmonia, London chamber folk quintet Liz and the Lofty Things create a unity of sound on their debut album, Confessions of the Seasons. From the elation of “Your Waltz” to the derision of “Twilight Birdsong,” Liz Williams (vocals/guitar), Chris Ross (bass), Corinna Robins (violin), Katie Stephenson (percussion) and Kylie Earl (harmony vocals) take comfort in connections both human and earthly.
The elation of love brims over on “Your Waltz” and the happy-go-lucky “Pick Pocket” while communion with nature comes on the time-lapse nocturne “Garfunkel the Red Balloon” and the careening “Look at Me Now,” with its carpe diem message of “Life doesn’t wait / For that perfect blue sky day.” Whether invoking the poet John Donne on “Call to Roam” or nursery rhymes on “The Windmill,” Liz and the Lofty Things employ whimsy while remaining grounded.
As a band, Liz and the Lofty Things possess a keen understanding of space within a song. From the lush strings and percussion of “Nicole” to the slow build of “The Beast,” the 12 compositions on Confessions of the Seasons come into being, grow and flutter away on their own accord. To hear these songs evolve live would be utter joy for there are myriad riches to be found on the evergreen Confessions of the Seasons.