Lilies on Mars

Lilies On Mars

Lilies on Mars are a London-based duo creating cosmic synth-pop that sounds like its being transmitted live from the red planet. Don't miss their kosmische-inspired new LP, co-produced by The Horrors' Tom Furse.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 12 Aug 2015
  • min read
Lilies on Mars are Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo, a London-based duo creating cosmic synth-pop that sounds like its being transmitted live from the red planet.

The pair, who were born and raised in Sardinia, moved to Hackney 13 years ago, where they began planting the seeds for what has since become a full-on retro-futurist pop project.

Armed with a home studio that bristles with synths and sound boxes old and new, their late-night aural experiments have blossomed over the years into an evocative ambient-indie blueprint.

Lisa and Marina lace their shimmering drones with the hallmarks of primitive electronic pioneers Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram, while their overlapping vocal melodies bring to mind Broadcast or Death and Vanilla.

New album AGO, released on 25 September, is a disorientating trip through pulsing electronic textures and kaleidoscopic harmonies which was co-produced by kindred spirit Tom Furse of The Horrors.

We spend 30 seconds with the girls to learn more about their lunar loops and transcendental purpose…

We first started writing music because…
We have very similar influences and inspiration, we breathe music in the same way, playing together and writing was a spontaneous step in our lives.

We have been making music since…
We were teenagers, in other bands, until we formed Lilies on Mars.

Our music is…
A cosmic journey!

You'll like our music if you listen to…
Music that has no boundaries.

Our favourite venue is…
A very beautiful ancient roman amphitheatre in Cagliari (Sardinia). It's been closed for a few years now unfortunately, however it’s by far the most evocative place we've ever seen and played a show.

Music is important because…
It's an art form that helps both artists and listeners to create a connection, like a parallel reality, a moment that detaches you from the limits of our society, it's like dreaming and one needs to dream!

Our biggest inspiration is…
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Writing a song with James Cargill from Broadcast. His work with Trish Keenan was a great inspiration for our music.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Dancing Star.

If we weren't making music we'd be…
Ah! This is a hard one. We cannot imagine a life without music, it's not only about the writing and performing, it's a lot more than that, we live music as a mission, whatever we would do instead will be always related to it. I can see us organising a festival for example!

In 10 years' time we want to be…
On stage!

http://liliesonmars.com/

Catch Lilies on Mars live at Electrowerkz, London, 6 October.