Lily Kelso

Lily Kelso

Laguna Beach, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2020

Laguna Beach, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2020
Solo Rock Indie




"Lily Kelso on "Details" and Balancing Study With Songwriting"

After a brief period of stagnation in the latter half of the past decade, indie rock is in a particularly healthy place right now, due in large part to the success of female artists. While they haven’t crossed over in terms of radio hits, artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Mitski have captured the hearts and minds of a younger, more diverse audience that recognizes good songwriting even if they haven’t listened to Band of Horses. Songwriters like Julien Baker and Adrienne Lenker are responsible for some of the most acclaimed albums of the past five years. And Taylor Swift’s National-assisted turn towards indie folk solidified her reputation as one of the most successful artists of our time.
Into this scene enters Lily Kelso, a nineteen year old from Laguna Beach currently studying at the Berklee College of Music. She’s an indie rock songwriter, and her latest song, “DETAILS,” marks the arrival of a young talent to watch. Boasting a rich guitar sound and a rhythm section that provides excellent forward momentum, Kelso sings in a warm, husky voice that feels refreshingly unaffected. As Kelso explains in the following interview, it’s a song about her family and her decision to go to Berklee, and as she reassures them that there’s “no place like home,” the song feels sweet and comforting to match. - Joe Hoeffner



Lily Kelso is a singer-songwriter from Laguna Beach, California. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Elliot smith, Phoebe Bridgers, The Cranberries, Bon Iver, and Hozier, she uses writing as a sort of "time capsule," to remember the highs and lows of teenage life and growing up by. Navigating relationships, religion, self-worth, and finding one's place in the world are just a few pieces of life she seeks to capture musically. Her debut self-titled EP will be released November 30th, 2021. 

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