Review – “LILITH” – Rumé Kover

reviewed by Laura Stanley

On Lilith, Rumé Kover share the story of someone’s journey from death to resurrection. But this is not the story of a carpenter’s rise and fall and then rise again. This is a young person scrapping with the world and struggling to connect with people. Eventually, it is somebody pleading to Lilith to bring them back to life.

These six songs – which range from pop-rock to noise-rock to a piano ballad – are short verses that can stand alone but when they are played in order, the experience is that much better. “Celebrate” is a celebration of being young and alive and feeling that the whole world is working for you but by the following track “End Times,” feelings of dread have crawled in and the surf-pop vibe of the previous tune has washed away and in its place is a piercing swirl of instrumental din.”RIP”is the final chapter of part one. A chorus of sighs and a screechy guitar solo (a combo that reminds of me of The Age of Adz-era Sufjan Stevens) makes for a jarring end as the lead singer admits, “I’m terrified to leave you but I guess I can’t outlive you.”

At the beginning of Part II (“Welcoming”), things are clearer, birds are even chirping as you hear, “I’m scared I’ll go to hell or what comes after life but I don’t hate myself”. But after taking stock of the surroundings, things turn sour, the person is in limbo. On “Afterlife,” a peppy n’ poppy track, we get to the crux of the speaker’s issues: they are without Lilith. “Please, Lilith, baby, help me send me back to my body that’s the hell I need to be.” To close is the lo-fi piano ballad, “Resurrection.” The return is not met with a choir or fanfare, just the realization that even though you’ve changed, you’re still in a crappy spot. It’s time to move on and start again.

Top Tracks: “Celebrate”; “Welcoming”

Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)

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