Lilypads – “Ode To You”


“Ode To You” is a breezy, adoring single from London-based brother duo Lilypads. A harmonious folk-pop sound excels with caressingly melodic vocals and flourishing guitars, paired with lyrics expressing ample gratitude to those who have helped the act along the way. The single follows a steady momentum for Lilypads, who have earned spots at several esteemed venues — playing to sold-out crowds at The 02 Academy Islington, and headlining The Old Queen’s Head.

Serene acoustical strums and a twangy underlying complement a calming vocal lead. “Everything I will ever do, I will owe all to you,” they emit into a bouncier arsenal, exuding a bedtime-set contemplation as one marvels at the kindness of others. The uptick in vibrancy upon the “lying awake at night,” enamors, as does the symphonic background infusion past the two-minute turn.

A striking, momentary shift during the “if you hadn’t picked me up,” finale emphasizes the act’s versatility, even when set within an accessible folk-pop brightness. “Ode To You” succeeds thoroughly in its melodic direction and thankful lyrical focus.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ 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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