Lakeshore Records has released MORE LOVE, the new album by Grammy-winning Singer, Violinist, and Composer Lili Haydn. Lili is the composer for the new TV shows/films Strip Down, Rise Up; RUTH: Justice Ginsberg in Her Own Words; and No. 1 Netflix show Ginny & Georgia. See the album tracklist and learn more about why we need MORE LOVE below.
“’Sayonara’ cries out for change using Haydn’s breathy vocals, a gentle but urgent beat, and a violin that seems to have multiple personalities. It’s sorrowful, then hopeful, then mysterious, ominous and stately.” – Buzz Bands LA
Album Out Now: [Download/Listen]
More Love Tracklist:
3) Sayonara pt. 2 (Prayer for Peace)
4) More Love
5) Is this Love, Is this Life
6) Devil You Know
7) Circle of My Heart
Haydn states, “Each track on this album, whether it’s Sigur Ros inspired soaring instrumental or Kate Bush inspired intimate song is centered around a passionate desire to evolve, and the belief that even in the face of daily mass shootings and divisiveness, there is no problem for which more love and understanding is not the answer.”
With the release of More Love, her first solo release in six years, Haydn draws whimsy and purpose from her palette of cinematic alternative music, gracing us with a thematically and sonically compelling way forward out of the dark challenges of 2020. Yet the mission of this groundbreaking recording goes far beyond that. As a survivor of COVID-19 herself and grateful to be alive, she is, more than ever before, celebrating the miracle of life itself.
The album has earned praise from American Songwriter, Atwood Magazine, Buzzbands.LA, Skope Magazine, and ComingSoon.net who spoke with Haydn on how her work in film and TV relates to her work as a solo artist.
Two of the tracks on More Love, the tense and dramatic “Is This Love, Is This Life” and the hypnotic, electronica driven vocal track “The Devil You Know,” are from the soundtrack of Netflix’s Strip Down Rise Up, a film about women who heal their traumas and shame through pole dancing and embark on a journey to reclaim themselves. As a sexual trauma survivor herself, Lili related to its hard-hitting theme. Another track from More Love, “Circle of My Heart,” a haunting vocal-piano-violin ballad which she wrote with David Poe (whom she originally met in the Sundance Fellowship), was also originally written for the same film.
Haydn announced the album with the first single “Sayonara,” a song calling for love and change in the United States, which was released ahead of Inauguration Day for the Biden-Harris administration. The music video featured a beautiful time-lapse of artist Norton Wisdom painting live to the music.
Blackbook Magazine featured “Sayonara” saying, “For those who aren’t familiar with Lili Haydn, such a shame… So imagine our enthusiasm at the arrival of her new single ‘Sayonara,’ especially as it is a sonorous kiss-off to the soon-to-be-over nightmare we’ve been living with for the last four years. And while the ominous but optimistic track showcases Lili’s plaintive vocals and exhilarating violin playing over a sultry trip-hop beat, we were especially taken with the accompanying video.”
Since the release of her last solo album LiliLand in 2014, Haydn has scored 7 films, including Academy Award-winner Freida Mock’s Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, The House That Jack Built, and Sundance Selects’ Driver X; contributed additional score to seasons 2 & 3 of the Emmy-winning series Transparent; won a Grammy award for her band Opium Moon’s self-titled debut record; performed four TED presentations, and got married.