Elegant Singer-songwriter Lilith Merlot released her sophomore EP, Shades Of Blue, on the 26th of May via Lilith Merlot Records. On the project, listeners will discover the impassioned lead single ‘White Lies’, which premiered on METAL Magazine. The EP follows her previously released singles ‘Easier to Fight’ and ‘Compromised’.
With nearly 5 million streams across platforms, her music has aired across a number of stations under the established Netherlands public broadcaster NPO, earning spins on NPO Soul & Jazz, where she has previously featured as a guest speaker, and NPO 3FM Radio. In the past, she has performed live on the Roodshow on NPO Radio 2, NPO Radio 5, NPO Radio 1. Not to mention airing on Sublime FM. While on Spotify, her music has landed on the editorial playlist Sad Covers.
Known for her timeless voice, Dutch singer and songwriter Lilith Merlot has been enchanted by harmony and melody from a young age. Her mother was a classical violinist and, as a young girl, Lilith often joined her mother on tour through Europe. At just 5 years old, she had her first stage experience when her mother, running late for her performance at the Royal Albert Hall, was unable to drop Lilith and her brother at the opera box where they were meant to sit during her performance. To make light of the situation, the conductor invited young Lilith to join him on stage while the audience applauded. It remains an important moment for the singer and her development as a musician.
During her Jazz vocals studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Lilith performed in front of American singer Renée Neufville (known for her work with Roy Hargrove, RH Factor), who remarked: “Your voice is just like a Merlot; it’s so warm, deep, and round”. This inspired Lilith to use Merlot as her stage name. Since releasing her debut EP in 2017, Lilith has been experimenting with various genres, from Jazz to Pop and Soul, influenced by Lizz Wright, Jeff Buckley, and Norah Jones, to name a few, creating music reminiscent of Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, and Madeleine Peyroux.
In her new EP, Lilith Merlot delves into the deeper meanings of the colour blue. With her remarkable abilities, she has distilled the pain of heartbreak in 5 emotionally evocative tracks, crooning with breathtaking ease and exhibiting awe-inspiring vocal agility.
Lilith Merlot says: “I started writing the songs on this EP after a very unexpected and painful breakup. I found myself not being able to talk about it, so I sat down behind the piano and wrote my way through it. Some of the piano ballads on this EP are quite vulnerable, but you can clearly hear a shift to a lighter shade of blue toward the end. For example, in the groovy, soulful Pop song White Lies, in which I sing: ‘I refuse to remember you in this dark shade of blue, you can take it all from me, but I’m keeping the memories.’”