Music: Obi Best

A good many people have become aware of Alex Lilly as backing vocalist for the renowned neo/retro Pop outfit The Bird and the Bee, but that role is merely a sideline compared to her front-of-the-stage duties for her own combo, Obi Best. The band seamless

A good many people have become aware of Alex Lilly as backing vocalist for the renowned neo/retro Pop outfit The Bird and the Bee, but that role is merely a sideline compared to her front-of-the-stage duties for her own combo, Obi Best.

Lilly is clearly a talent to be reckoned with; the multi-instrumentalist wrote, produced or co-produced every song on Obi Best’s debut, Capades, out next Tuesday, and the group is already inspiring favorable comparisons to the likes of Her Space Holiday, Stereolab and Au Revoir Simone.

Lilly and Obi Best live up to those stellar accolades on Capades, as they seamlessly weave together chirpy dream Pop, ephemeral Electronica, propulsive Indie Rock and expansive Synth Pop, like a Vulcan mind meld of The Cardigans, The Cranberries, Feist and ARS, co-produced by Brian Eno and Todd Rundgren with equal appreciation for quirk and accessibility.

The band plays with Slow Claw at the Southgate House Feb. 18. Get more Sound Advice about the show here.

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