Lily Konigsberg ‘Lily We Need To Talk Now’ LP
‘Lily We Need To Talk Now’ is a record Konigsberg has been slowly chipping away at since 2016, revising and re-recording the songs over the years. The eleven-track collection is her first proper full length, following her anthology of EPs and unreleased tracks, ‘The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now’, released in 2021 by Wharf Cat Records.
The new record is catchy the whole way through, like much of her poppy and plainspoken indie rock output that’s made her a fixture of the NYC underground in recent years. Her voice twists and turns and dashes around her clever wordplay in new ways; there are hints of power-pop, pop-punk and downtempo introspection, all dotted with easter eggs of winking humour.
True to its title, this collection of songs is like a check in with herself. On ‘That’s The Way I Like It’, with backing vocals from long-time collaborator Paco Cathcart, she reflects on the feeling of “struggling with someone you love, and how you can get all evil about it, like a brat, like a baby.”
On ‘Proud Home’, she sings one of the record’s boldest earworm hooks (“You’ve got a lot of fucking things to be proud of!”) and tries to comfort a friend who has a crush on her mom. “I really cracked myself up with the lyrics,” she says. “It’s kind of a Stacey’s Mom riff. I decided it’s a dedication to Adam Schlesinger [of Fountains of Wayne].”
‘Roses, Again’ is a new take on a familiar Lily tune (originally on ‘Good Time Now’), re-recorded at the request of her current live band, who have evolved the song on the road.
Available to independent retailers on yellow vinyl.
“Even before she became a fixture of the New York underground, Lily Konigsberg was staking out her place in local music.” - Pitchfork (Rising Artist, 2020)
“The freewheeling, flitting melodies underline the precision of Konigsberg’s songwriting: She knows what she wants to say and she is methodical about how much to reveal.” - Pitchfork
“A crisp, catchy, and concise bit of ’90s-indebted indie rock” - Stereogum
“Warm and direct but tough to grasp, untraceable” - Tiny Mix Tapes
Catalogue number: WCR116LP-C2
Label: Wharf Cat