Lilly Hiatt: “Get This Right”

Photo by Gregg Roth

As the War On Drugs and Phosphorescent have lately proved, there’s an interesting intersection between twang and ambient atmosphere. Lilly Hiatt–daughter of famed songwriter/guitarist John Hiatt–debuted with Let Down in 2013, a record that wore its Nashville influences on its sleeves. Over the past few years, though, Music City has developed a garage-punk underbelly that hints at some of the darkness behind the rhinestones. Hiatt looked to tap into this feeling by working with Adam Landry, a producer who’s brought out the roughness in Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs, and T. Hardy Morris. “Get This Right”–taken from Hiatt’s new album, Royal Blue–matches Hiatt’s hardscrabble songwriting with subtle synthesizer touches that ratchet up the drama.

–Art Levy

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