Lissy Trullie is a DC-born, NYC-based solo artist whose androgynous look and low voice has had critics saying ‘yum’ for the last few years. (I don’t know if that’s actually what they’ve been saying, but I’m tired and couldn’t come up with anything better.)
She first came onto my map a couple of years ago when I walked into my best friend Emil’s office/store in Brooklyn. Emil and his brother Sandy launched their own clothing company, The Hill-Side, and men’s clothing shop, Hickoree’s Hard Goods, a couple of years ago – and they’ve always been known to have the hottest music playing in their store.
A couple of summers ago, Emil was blasting Lissy Trullie’s debut, Self-Taught Learner, and I immediately asked who it was. After Googling her, we found out that she was the face of Chloe Sevigny’s clothing line before launching her solo music career. (Chloe went to our high school; which made me even more intrigued to find out more.)
We went over to the computer and ended up watching a couple of her music videos; I fell in love right away. From that point, I kept my eyes open for any word of a debut album release, but didn’t hear much until early this year when her single, Madeleine, was remixed by Brooklyn-based new wave-y sexpots, Selebrities. A few months later, Lissy’s self-titled debut was finally released.
While that story may be boring as fuck, her music is anything but. Lissy’s sound reminds me a lot of Kate Jackson and her (now defunct) UK band, The Long Blondes. Between her intriguing low voice and genre hopping guitar driven rock, I’ve had her latest album on HEAVY rotation for the past couple of months. In fact, the first song I heard upon being released from the hospital a couple of months ago was “You Bleed You” which you can listen to below.
*Lissie Trullie’s self-titled 2nd album is out now via Downtown/Wichita.
Lissy Trullie “You Bleed You”
Lissy Trullie “Madeleine (Selebrities Remix)”
..behind me in life at CVS doesn’t stop speaking LOUDLY with her friend about how “gross” gay people are, I’m going to grab a mirror to remind her that she has feet like Rockbiter and looks like what would happen if Nancy Reagan ate Roseanne. Bitch.
Music geeks, such as I, have fond memories of Van She’s schizophrenic masterpiece of a debut album, V; released a few years ago. But, though that record did show off the songwriting chops that these guys had proven on their first few releases (EPs, singles, etc), it felt a tad scattered at times. On Idea Of Happiness, they’ve taken it to the next level, while managing to stay remarkably cohesive at the same time. Songs such as Beat Of The Drum, You’re My Rescue, and We Move On, suggest Brian Wilson making a baby with Haircut 100 and Gypsy & The Cat on a beach in Ibiza. (Not sure why I chose Ibiza..so just roll with it.)
After a string of so-far disappointing releases from some of my favorite artists of all-time (Fiona Apple, Madonna, etc), Van She’s new record is all about summertime fun; just in time for the season’s launch. Shit, even the instrumental tracks are compelling. They certainly have a ton of influences, but their sound is still incredibly fresh – you get the point; I’m thoroughly obsessed with this record.
During a time of year and of my life that needs some mindless living-in-the-moment fun, Idea Of Happiness is exactly the record I’ve wanted and needed to hear in 2012. Check out a couple of my favorite tracks, “Beat Of The Drum” and “You’re My Rescue” below. Oh and “We Move On” – that one’s hot as fuck, too. Oh and Jamaica. Ugh, I can’t choose!
*Van She’s 2nd album, Idea Of Happiness, is out 6 July via Modular.
Van She “Beat Of The Drum”
Van She “You’re My Rescue”
Van She “We Move On”