Updated: Oct 15
Lyli J is the name by which French American instrumentalist, singer and electronic producer Lily Jordy releases music. Her story is one of a nomadic life – ten countries in three decades – with a classical background in piano, cello and composition, with some metal guitar thrown into the mix.
It was in Montreal in 2011 when she first discovered electronic music and the way in which it could allow her to truly express ideas. Since then, Lily has put out a series of releases that have gained critical acclaim and captivated the electronic community.
You can feel the soft emotion when listening to LyliJ's music and Micro Wanders is no exception. With eight tracks that bring together the many elements that make up Lily’s unique musical universe we really love the vibes of this music.
Such simplicity and complexity at the same time, we see her use evolving elements and sounds bringing them in and out with such perfection, while using beautiful emotionally charged vocals.
The mixing and mastering is really fantastic, using electronic and acoustic sounds accordingly, we really recommend giving this album a listen.
We were lucky enough to get to speak to Lyli J and find out a bit more about her.
Interview with Lyli J
1. Can you tell us the story behind your newest release?
Micro Wanders is my latest release on Bandcamp with the ambient label See Blue Audio. This album features eight tracks that bring together layers of mystical vocals, Celtic melodies, MicroFreak, ‘90s synth emulations, amped-up acoustic guitars, gamelan and field recordings. All the tracks evoke a feeling of daydreaming and the resurgence of memories. I wanted to explore the duality and relationship between the organic, spiritual realms and the world of technology.
2. Who are some of your biggest Inspirations?
When it comes to electronic music there’s Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Four Tet and Nicolas Jaar… and trip hop as well - can’t forget Massive Attack ! But I truly feel connected to ancient pagan (Celtic) and medieval music, as well as modern folk. I was also deeply inspired by Scandinavian metal bands as a teenager, like Opeth - and they still influence my sound and vibe to this day.
3. If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
I think it would be Bjork because she fascinates me!
4. What's next for you?
Do you have any more releases lined up? A remix is coming up for my label, for the artist Rhombus Index, I won’t say more… go check out his work! And then I have an EP waiting to be finished and released as well, that I started before the summer but never got to the final touches because I was preparing for my live set at the Hadra Trance Festival.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
More immersed and passionate about music than now! Playing my music from time to time in venues, traveling to play regularly - not every week of course but once a month would be wonderful. And I will still be doing sound design projects, on my own terms. 6. Do you have any new shows coming up? I am contacting places at the moment, the answer is no, no dates right now but I am streaming regularly on Twitch, as part of Synthfest communities. You can check out my channel at twitch.tv/lylij
Listen to Micro Wanders Here!
Watch Lyli J - Live at Synthfest France 2022
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