At the forefront of the French music scene are Nili Hadida and Ben Cotto. The pair known as Lilly Wood and The Prick, have been crafting remarkable sounds, pioneering the alternative music landscape with their short but notable discography. The Fight is their latest offering and it is mostly, with the exception of some French spoken word, performed in English. There is a credibility that is hard to shake in this record. It suggests that twenty-somethings can go through a lot, transcending the Urban Outfitters veneers of canvas sneakers, moustaches, and ironic wood paneling.
“Joni Mitchell” is an emotional callous, both melancholic and glorious in its vocal delivery and musical composition. Encapsulating pop, folk, and electro, The Fight is the kind of record that has certainly been touched by the vocal range of Stevie Nicks and more recent voices like Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, and The New Pornographers.
Most prized of the band’s sound is “Le Mas”. An anthem dedicated to getting soaked, it is an infectious track with a recurring guitar thrum and salacious vocals. One simply cannot shake the male French spoken word in the background, repeating the words “pink pool” as Ms. Hadida loops her chorus in English.
To get a taste of the talent that is Lilly Wood and The Prick, check out their latest single, “Middle of the Night”.