Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are two sisters from Indianapolis who have already put out three records. Between 2013 and now, they’ve made it their goal to put out a record a year and, more or less, they’ve succeeded. From their self-titled debut on Asthmatic Kitty (most known as Sufjan Stevens’ label) to their most recent release Keep it Togther on their new label home New West, the duo have managed to create sparse, sublime folk pop that is just so incredibly beautiful. Their music inspires genuine smiles and toe tingles while they’ve been steadily growing in their songwriting and production. Read on to see our chat about label transitions, advice for fellow young musicians, and how to win tickets to their upcoming show at the Swedish American Hall.
The Bay Bridged: You guys are heading out on tour next week, right?
Madeleine Jurkiewicz: Yes, we are. We’re heading out on Sunday.
TBB: Is there anything you’re excited about specifically for this tour?
MJ: I’m just excited to be back in California and on the West Coast in general. Hopefully the weather will be really nice. We’re just going to revisit some old venues that we played in the past, like the Troubadour in LA and Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. I’m also excited to check out some of the new venues we’re booked at. In San Francisco, I think we’re playing Swedish American Hall, which we’ve never played before. I think that’ll be really cool. I don’t know anything about it.
TBB: Yeah, it’s a great venue. You guys just put out you third record ‘Keep It Together.’ I notice that compared with past albums, the production sounds a lot fuller, I was wondering, how was it like in the studio recording this album, and was it different than the process for your other records?
MJ: Yeah, Keep it Together, we wrote similarly to the way we usually write, where it’s just me and Lily. However, we wrote separately this time, and then brought each song together at the end to revise. Then, we arranged everything with the rest of our band, which includes Shannon Hayden and Kate Siefker, which was really cool so that they knew exactly what kind of sound we were looking for when we went into the studio. When we got into the studio to record them, to record the songs, everything was already worked out from our arrangement with