Lil Idli |
Loaded with layered synth melodies & mesmerizing vocals, Lil Idli’s debut song “Little Girl” displayed their multi-faceted sound and artistry, taking influences in minimalism, classic R&B, and neo-soul. Lil Idli continues to delve into the art of making music from every angle as they refine the material for their upcoming album, Mitochondria, scheduled to be released in late 2021.
Mitochondria is a concept album that explores inheritance, ecology and genetic memory, and how these elements persist across shifting boundaries and the erosions of time.Mitochondrial DNA is exclusively inherited from mothers, and thus, the songs written for this album illustrate the women who came before me in my family, whose stories, both benign and traumatic, travel as inherited lore.
Lil Idli’s first single off the album, “Little Girl”, is an ode to one’s younger self, a subtle rallying cry to entrust the magic and manifest of your inner child.
Deemed “a spirited debut […] caught in metaphors of celebration and self-reflection” by Rolling Stone India, “Little Girl” is the first installation of Lil Idli’s concept EP Mitochondria, an album exploring the inherited lore traveling in their mitochondrial DNA, dedicated to the women before them, living inside them, and echoing their own voices.
The new track opens with lush synths and a driving percussion section, with ghost-like harmonies in the outro, as an invitation for the past, present and future selves to unite. Gopinath, the band’s main producer, percussionist and co-arranger, draws from his experiences studying jazz, composition and electronic arts at the Berklee College of Music, bringing a thoughtful minimalism and contemplation of musical forms to this genre-bending track.
Lil Idli roped in veteran engineer Rob Murray (credits include ODESZA, Chet Porter, Diplo) of the Austin, Texas studio Poolside Sound for the final mastering. Lil Idli collaborated with seasoned filmmaker and regenerative communicator Sanjana Sekhar, who directed the music video remotely during the 2020 pandemic lockdown. Sangeet Khemlani joined the team as the video editor.