Dear Onda Wahl by Lizzie and The Makers
Lizzie & the Makers has released their new single titled ‘Bottle’, from their latest album ‘Dear Onda Wahl’. Lizzie made a fan out of me when we reviewed their video for ‘Mojo Hand’ last November and a superfan after getting to know her in our exclusive interview. You can’t help but not hear that certain something in her voice. It’s her. And you can tell its her by listening to a single not. She’s signature. But she’s also smart. She surrounds herself with talent. Her band, The Makers, are a monster group of musicians who have earned their places. Plus they have mega talent supporting them, such as Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, The Cure). What could go wrong there? Nothing.
With ‘Bottle’ we get that next evolution of revolution with a gritty combination of revelation and realization of a woman in her position. Relate all that you want because you can. It could be about any woman. How do you see yourself and how will you make it? The music plays as a soundtrack to a story. You feel it with that soundtrack and you ingest the lyrics with sympathy and endearment. This is what music is supposed to do. Help you grow.
Lizzie Edwards says the idea for “Bottle” came about one night when, simply put, she was “drunk and sad” and it popped in her head – “I recorded it on my phone and sent it to Greg [McMullen, guitarist] and he wrote an arrangement to accompany the melody. The chorus is about being a woman in the rock/blues genre, in music, and the world in general. The second line ‘Tell Me How, Darlin How, Do You Make It As A Woman Or A Girl’ is a tiny nod to James Brown’s ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s World.’”
The raw, thunderous “Bottle” is preceded by three other tracks off Dear Onda Wahl, unearthly spine-chilling single “Mojo Hand,” the dark “Lover By Proxy” and spellbinding “Mermaid”, the first track to come off the collection.
Recorded at Mission Sound Recording in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, LP Dear Onda Wahl threads rootsy, shoegazey, psychedelic layers throughout its core. “Though influenced by traditional music genres, we were also heavily influenced by David Lynch and Twin Peaks in writing this album. So there is always a little bit of old and familiar mixed with alien, fantasy and the unexpected in our music,” remarks Edwards. Lizzie & The Makers’ debut album, Fire from the Heart of Man was released in 2015, followed by the EP Meanwhile… three years later. A 2017 concert collection Live at Rockwood Music Hall conveyed The Makers’ famously visceral stage show.
Lizzie & The Makers is singer/songwriter Lizzie Edwards, guitarist Greg McMullen, bassist Brett Bass (Gregg Allman, Bernie Worrell), drummer Steve Williams (Sadé, Digable Planets, Keith Richards, David Byrne) and keyboard player Rob Clores (Black Crowes, Jesse Malin). “Bottle” and Dear Onda Wahl are available on all DSPs.
Featured image by Shervin Lainez Photos.
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