Lily Frost is on the run, run, run, run run in the lyric video for her cool new single I Dodged a Bullet — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
Boasting a twangy gutar lick, a bouncy old-school beat and a killer chorus fuelled by classic girl-group vocals and harmonies, the endearingly infectious cut is the first single from the prolific singer-songwriter’s upcoming (and fittingly titled) album Retro-Moderne.
Out June 1, Retro-Moderne is Lily’s best-quality work to date, with pointed and precise production by Gus Van Go (The Stills, Whitehorse, Jill Barber and Terra Lightfoot). The record dives into a 60’s sonic space with girl group style back ups befitting of Dusty Springfield. Lily and her collaborators use twangy spaghetti western guitars, programmed and live drums, layered and verby tambourines and Lee Hazlewood Hofner-style bass to outfit Lily’s sweet yarn-spinning voice.
Producer Gus Van Go and Lily come from the same music scene in Montreal, and speak the same sonic language. Gus was the lead singer of the ska band Me, Mom, and Morgentaler while Lily fronted The Sheiks, an early lounge band made up of punk rockers The Gruesomes.
“I am thrilled with the new record and working with Gus and his team,” Frost says. “The results speak for themselves. When you find the right team and chemistry, it falls into place.”
Retro-Moderne drops June 1 and will be performed live at Toronto’s Rivoli on Queen Street at 9 p.m., with brilliant East Coast songwriter Dennis Ellsworth opening. Lily will take the stage at 10:30 p.m.,with DJ Greybeard closing with a ’60s dance party. The band is made up of Jay and Jessie Baird (Feist, Steven Page), Eric St. Laurent, Dan Miller and Soli Joy with some special guests like Nichol Robertson and Lindsay Fitzsimmons. Get tickets here.