Review: Lilliput @ Pop Recs LTD

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Sunderland folk/rock quintet Lilliput have gained a strong following since they entered the North East music scene in 2011. Their mesmeric harmonies and uplifting melodies have in the past landed them support slots with the likes of Field Music and Poor Moon. It was no wonder that their free gig at Pop Recs Ltd was full to the brim with fans of all ages as they introduced their new EP, Who Knows Where The Time Goes – and it did not disappoint.

The set opened with a beautiful performance of Little Wanderer – crisp, pretty guitar picking and a perfect balance of sleek, mellow vocals and vibrant, foot-tapping folk-pop. This lead on nicely to their equally compelling track, From Northern Skies, before they launched into their seven-song EP.

Easing in the crowd with tinkling bells and tight vocal harmonies before the ticking opening of track two, The Clock, was an impressive start. The intricate intro built up with layers of instruments developed into a cheery track with 60’s-influenced guitar riffs and cool, raw vocals. They definitely know how to put a good, modern twist on old-fashioned vibes.

The leading track, Nothing to You’, was a stand-out from the set. Sweet melodies and an uplifting beat had everyone moving. It’s clear that these boys have supreme creativity and put hard work into their craft, not to mention such great chemistry on stage.

The set was closed with Frame Of Mind, followed by massive applause from the audience and a queue of people waiting to buy their copy of the EP. Just as polished live as they are on the record, Lilliput are definitely a band to keep our eyes on.


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