Tilly Dent – “Judy’s Lodestar”


London-based artist Tilly Dent crafts a timeless sound — aesthetically sitting somewhere between Paul McCartney’s irresistible hook-filled tendencies and Elliott Smith’s folk-forward haunts. This alluring approach is present on new track “Judy’s Lodestar,” a proper clinic in accessible, engaging pop songwriting with a folk flair. The “Judy, Judy … don’t let it get you down,” hook succeeds fully, while the verses tout an atmospheric, psych-friendly pull. “Judy’s Lodestar” is a thoroughly impressive output from Tilly Dent.

“A lodestar is the kind of star that guides a ship. In the case of this song, it is a guiding person who haunts and shapes the main character’s psyche,” the artist explains. “In terms of the creative process, I wanted to capture how the mind can go through several emotional states in quick succession, and so wanted the song to swing, and for the chord changes to be unexpected by fluid.”

Check out the track’s music video, directed by Emily Seagrove and Kez Dearmer, below:

“Judy’s Lodestar” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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