White Lilac have come a long way in a short space of time, not least musically. With Faye Rogers early solo work now a distant yet pleasant memory, the band that formed around that work now help her head down a more mesmerising path. Working with a sound palette that roams between Joy Division’s angular melancholy and Cocteau Twins dreamscapes, The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower shows that even within those parameters they find plenty of room to create a truly unique sound.
A homage to Audrey Hepburn seems the perfect subject matter for the band, both lyrically and musically, and the gradual phasing in of Faye’s saxophone is perfect here to create a sonorous Parisian vibe. Strings sweep, vocals swoon, beats act as occasional punctuation marks and guitar lines merely provide a bed for atmospherics and sensuality to lay down on. A perfect second single.