Lili Refrain – Mami Wata: New Single Premiere

We’re delighted to be able to premiere Mami Wata, the first sign from the outstanding MANA album from Lili Refrain coming on Subsound Records.


Mark the 21st of April for it shall bring the newest release by Italian-born Lili Refrain – MANA – released by Subsound Records.

Lili Refrain’s newest LP MANA lives up to its title. A combination of Anna Von Hausswolff and Burning World-era Swans, following the words of Walter Hoeijmakers, the founder of Roadburn Festival.

Commenting on the origin of the title she says: “It means ‘life force’, power that comes from within and is dedicated to those who have found themselves consciously facing a journey, without knowing where it would have arrived or even if it would have survived.”

You can have a taster of the album with Mami Wata that finds her pairing Taiko drum sounds with her trilling and whispering, to create a chanting and ritualistic experience:

Having had a chance to test out MANA, we can report that the album is a mesmerising collection of experimental and haunting psychedelic folk. We’ll say no more should it act as a spoiler for our upcoming review. Suffice to say that Mami Wata gives a pretty tasty amuse-bouche for what’s to come.

Lili Refrain will be performing MANA in its entirety on April, 21st at Roadburn Festival followed by an extensive European tour that would include performances at Hellfest (FR), Rock in Burlon (FR), AMFest (SP), and DUNK! Fest (BE) – dates below…

She says: “I am very honored to take part in one of the most important festivals in Europe and present my album in absolute preview right there is a supreme joy for me! I’m preparing a very special set for this event and can’t wait to be there!

An Italian-born solo artist, Lili Refrain is what some would call a virtuoso. Combining repetitions of elements of folk, metal, blues, rock, and lyrical opera Refrain creates a unique and textured brand of exotic and dark psychedelia. With the addition of percussion and synth, Lili creates a completely immersive and ritualistic experience where her listeners can become immersed completely in the music. Lili has self-produced four albums that received acclaim from various media outlets, the most recent being ULU in 2020

LILI REFRAIN by Tania Alineri

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