Lilah is vulnerable but powerful on ‘Pushed Your Hands’

Brisbane-based multi-instrumentalist LILAH is back with her moving sophomore single ‘Pushed Your Hands’. Poetic, emotional and intense, ‘Pushed Your Hands’ chronicles the breakdown of an unhealthy relationship, but the result is an anthemic recovery. Lilah is not afraid to be vulnerable with her vocals and lyrics, underpinned by moody beats that rise and fall alongside her deft storytelling.

Lilah (aka Zoe Ward) previously performed under the moniker Indigo Daze, but has substantially developed her craft under her new project, carving out a niche for herself with dark, distinctive electro-pop. ‘Pushed Your Hands’ was written on the couch of her Brisbane loft, and emerged fully-formed after four years of reworking and remixing. Reminiscent of reptuation-era Taylor Swift, Lilah‘s voice is her strongest asset.

The track opens with echoing synths, before Lilah‘s powerful voice lays her feelings bare. “No lights, no life, I’m losing shades of gold/ turning to ice, you make me feel so cold,” she croons. The percussion builds to a thudding, frantic pace, but subsides as Lilah picks up the pieces. “And to think about it in the night, I wonder if I’ll get out/ And I’m fractured underneath your spell I wonder if I just might.” Somehow, this break up tune manages to transition from depressing into empowering.

With ‘Pushed Your Hands’, Lilah demonstrates both her stunning vocal abilities and a subtler talent for songwriting, successfully walking the fine line between revealing just enough and emotional overkill. ‘Pushed Your Hands’ is a mature offering for an artist so early in their career, successfully capturing an intangible mood and setting the scene for the evolution to come.

Words by Molly McLaughlin

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