She burst onto our radar with her Tiny Desk Contest entry this year and we had to learn more. Get to know the woman behind the synthesizer and how root vegetables robbed her of the ability to play guitar.
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Upon a revelation at a Sylvan Esso concert, Davis, CA songwriter Lillian Frances set to work making music. Her early days making folky guitar tracks came to a halt after she "got tendonitis harvesting girthy vegetables (read: butternut squash)." Frances came to CapRadio to talk about her post-squash music, where her samples come from and how being fluent in Spanish doens't mean you're understood BY the Spanish.
Frances compares the sound of the Spanish language like "someone speaking in cursive." It's one of the reasons she like incorporating the laungauge in her music...despite not being able to roll her Rs. That's where "Flinch" comes in.
Lillian lost her ability to play guitar thanks to developed tendomitis harvesting girthy vegetables (read:
butternut squash)." She wrote "Phone, Keys, Wallet" as a response about the things we lose.
Check out even more videos from Lillian's session at CapRadio's YouTube profile
Walk It Off
At the close of the podcast this week, Lillian casually mentioned that she's about to embark on the Camino de Santiago. A one month walk from the south of France to western Spain. My feet hurt just thinking about it but it does sound exciting. Want to, like me, learn some of the various was to make the trek without killing yourself? Our friends at the UK paper The Independent have some tips.