Lazy Day is the solo side project of Hella Better Dancer's Tilly Scantlebury. Just today, she tweeted that she'd shave off an eyebrow if Oldest Friend reached 4000 plays by the end of the day. Challenge accepted!
Before the challenge, I'd already listened a handful of times, planning this Song of the Day entry. After the challenge, I went back in for another 8-9 listens to push it over 4000 plays. Even listened a few times past 4000. I am so very sorry for the loss of your eyebrow, Tilly. Just kidding, I did my part in the demise with great delight, and will say I didn't cheat one bit, I listened all the way through each time.
Listening to 'Oldest Friend' that many times was easy. The track is a shadowy pop confection spiked with Tilly's smoky vocals, vocals that haven't had the benefit of years of gargling with Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 and weathering by a pack a day Marlboro Red habit. Despite that lack of vocal "seasoning", her voice is as dark and mysterious as it is warm and inviting, and it all reminds me so much of Elliott Smith. The vocal delivery, the composition, the whole vibe. And that's not a bad thing, it is, in fact, fantastic.
'Oldest Friend' is available as part of the Beech Coma Volume 2 compilation along with the excellent song, 'Like A Child' from Tilly's band, Hella Better Dancer, and a tune from Abattoir Blues. All that for £2, or $3.50 for those in the States. Listen and love it below.