Clue to Kalo Lily Perdida

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The hippie-fied production baked into Clue to Kalo‘s One Way, It‘s Every Way returns in great form on Lily Perdida, but it ain’t easy listenin’. Boasting orchestral folk trimmings and fussily woven vocal harmonies, Lily finds CTK’s Mark Mitchell paired with Ellen Carey (and her twee stylings) for 10 odes to the fictional character for which the album is named. Sharp moments are many—“Lull for Dear Life” shifts from churchy balladry to sparkling pop in a flash, and “The Infinite Orphan” is marked by an earnest devotion to ’60s mod fare—but Lily must’ve been some difficult kid. This is a dense, challenging ride, where the search for the big hooks is sometimes derailed by an onslaught of smaller ones.