Lily Lambert – Merry Christmas, With Love EP

Lily Lambert - Merry Christmas, With Love EP

Lily Lambert – Merry Christmas, With Love EP

Singer-songwriter Lily Lambert hails from England and has roots in both Ireland and Wales and she brings the traditional folk spirit of those countries to her music and vocals, as well a touch of Americana from across the pond.  Lambert has released two full-lengths previously, Life of Lily and So Far, which delved into folk-rock and country.  Her latest EP, Merry Christmas, With Love, was delivered in early-December and features six revisited Christmas classics.  Lambert wanted to unwrap the heavier classical instrumentation and mood from the songs and instead imbue the tunes with a simpler instrumental accompaniment and uplifting warmth.

Merry Christmas, With Love is filled with light and bright sonics and vocals.  EP opener “Silent Night” brims with old-fashioned stringed instruments and acoustic guitar, brushed drums, Lambert’s British-inflected vocals, and a sharp synth layer.  Next number “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” rings with steadily shaken sleigh bells and drums, mellifluously flowing guitar lines, Lambert’s clear, mid-range singing, and cooing backing vocals.  “O Holy Night” is presented solemnly but sweetly by Lambert as her voice rises and lowers with the contemplative guitar line.  She pushes out her voice expressively amid a backing chorale on the chorus sections.

A measured drum pace informs “When A Child Is Born” as piano slowly dances around shaken percussion and Lambert’s reflective, lilting vocal tone.  “Carol of the Bells” sways poignantly with delicate pings, bittersweet strings, deep bass, and Lambert’s crystal, piping vocals.  Piano and slow-pulled, lower tone strings runs through “Feliz Navidad” as Lambert emotes the heartfelt lines “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.”  Lambert has stated that Christmas is her favorite time of the year and it shows on this faithful-in-spirit and delightful-in-sound collection of covers of classic festive songs.

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