Lily Chapin

Lily Chapin


sweet, moody, transcendental folk dream pop. It's blues with a cherry on top, the Cocteau Twins after a bad date, if Dolly Parton and Nick Drake had triplets, or Cat Power meets Crosby Stiils Nash. Dark yet uplifting, harmonies to sweep away all the cobwebs, lyrics and melodies to help you forget.


The Three sisterss got together in a Los Angeles recording studio in the Spring of 2004 to cover some pop, new-wave songs on a lark, but once the the three sisters began rehearsing the joke soon was over; the trio realized that they could create something special that should not be treated lightly. When that weekend’s recording of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” landed them in heavy rotation on Los Angeles’ influential KCRW, then indie radio stations across the country, instincts were confirmed. Over the next few years, they spent evenings writing and arranging the songs that would become Lake Bottom LP.

Even with a cursory listen to the album or a live performance, it’s immediately, abundantly clear that these women have been singing harmony together their entire lives.
Growing up in a household in Brooklyn where music was the family business, these three spent endless car rides working out canons and 3-part choral pieces to pass the time. They couldn’t help but pick up a grounding in traditional American roots music and folk-rock from Abigail and Lily’s father, 3-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin.

Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, Lily and Abigail attended a Waldorf school whose arts-based education added training in orchestral music and the complicated harmonies of old English folk ballads to what they’d picked up from their father. Through elementary and high school they sang on over a dozen albums including a number of Tom’s as well as the first two Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen albums. After they went away to college it appeared that this childhood adventure might have reached its conclusion.

Since they officially became a band, The Chapin Sisters have been sought out by fellow musicians to lend their enchanting vocal presence to recordings by Vetiver, Ann Magnusen, Lavender Diamond, The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, Rooney, and others. Live in concert they have sung back-ups for Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC.


"Lake Bottom LP", the band's full length debut, was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2007 with producers Thom Monahan (Lilies, Devendra Bandhart, Vetiver) and Mike Daly (Whiskeytown, Grace Potter), and was released by Plain Recordings in March of 2008.

"The Chapin Sisters" self titled EP was released on Lake Bottom Records in 2005

"Toxic" the chapin sisters cover of Britney Spears' Toxic brought them a number one requested song 5 weeks running at LA's KCRW.

Their first recordings, cover songs from their first sessions as well as original numbers recorded in a friend’s garage were self-released on 7-song EP that was a CD Baby top seller in 2006. In the winter of 2007, they put out a 12” vinyl-only, picture disc EP split with their friends The Winter Flowers. “Let Me Go,” the opening cut on that EP was so popular on KCRW and KXLU that it’s been included on their full length debut well.

"Through the Wilderness: A Tribute to Madonna" the CS contributed a cover of "Borderline" to this compilation (other artists of note include Ariel Pink, Lavender Diamond, The Tyde).

Set List

Let Me Go
Wash Away
Don't Love You
Shady River
Kill Me Now
Can't We Please
Bird Song
Drop Me
I Know It's Over (cover song, original version by The Smiths)

Other songs:
I Hate the Moon
Palm Tree
Left All Alone
S. Shanty
I Never Will Marry (Cover - The Carter Family)
Toxic (cover - Britney Spears)
Do You Really (cover - Culture Club)
Long Journey (cover - Doc Watson)
Borderlin (cover - Madonna)