Comprised of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz, Indianapolis sister duo Lily & Madeleine will drop their new folk-pop record Fumes on October 28th (via Asthmatic Kitty Records). Before its release, we spoke with the “graceful” and “goofy” siblings to learn more about the album and discuss working together as sisters, trading places with Beyoncé, and school uniforms. Dive in to the interview below, and pre-order Fumes here.
AMBY: Hey Lily & Madeleine, welcome to AMBY. What have you both been up to lately?
M: Mostly just relaxing and enjoying our summer. We’ve been working on some music videos and last minute album stuff too.
AMBY: How would you describe each other in one word?
M: Lily is goofy yet also no-nonsense. I know that’s more than one word, sorry haha.
L: Madge is graceful like a butterfly.
AMBY: You recently announced the release of your new album Fumes! What was one of the best moments you had while creating it?
M: Being back in the studio to make this record was so fun! I think my favorite part was dancing in the main room after a long day. It was a good way to let off steam and also listen back to what we had worked on that day.
L: My favorite part was definitely listening back to the songs after the week of recording was up. I was and still am so excited about how they turned out!
AMBY: Which songs are your favourite off the record?
M: I really like the production of Hold Onto Now and Can’t Admit It.
L: My favorites are probably Can’t Admit It and The Wolf Is Free.
AMBY: What’s the significance behind the album’s title Fumes?
M: Originally it was a title of one of the tracks. That song specifically is about a friend of mine who is going through some emotional struggles and copes with drugs. In that way, Fumes has a negative vibe. But I think it’s interesting that it can also be interpreted in a positive or even mysterious way. Fumes can remind you of pleasant memories or inspire curiosity. Lily and I are at a stage in our lives where we’re saying goodbye to lots of things from our childhood yet also making new memories. That’s why the idea of Fumes fit well as the album title.
AMBY: Do you find the dynamics of being siblings makes working together easier, or do you butt heads more often because of it?
M: I think it’s both easy and difficult. We’re so close that we understand each other really well and can communicate well. But because we’ve lived together our whole lives we’re not afraid to be straight with each other, and that can sometimes cause tension.
L: Yeah I agree with Madeleine. I love doing it with her though, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
AMBY: If you could trade places with another artist in the music industry for one day, who would it be?
M: I think it would be interesting to live a day in the life of a pop star like Ariana Grande. She’s HUGE right now and even though her life must be so fun, I bet it’s also stressful. I’m interested in experiencing that level of fame, but only for 24 hours haha.
L: Beyonce, hands down. She has it all together, the world is at her feet, and I can only imagine how hard she works everyday.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Lily & Madeleine that nobody knows yet?
M: We both went to catholic school growing up so we wore a uniform everyday. I loved having a uniform at the time because I never had to think about what to wear, but now it’s come back to bite me because I’m always stressing out about what to wear to shows and interviews and things!
L: People tend to assume that because we’re sisters and we look and sound similar, that our personalities are similar. We’re actually really different people! I think maybe that’s why we work together so well.
Thank you Lily & Madeleine, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout