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The Chapin Sisters, Lily & Abigail Chapin are known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies that have gained comparisons to sixties girl groups, Appalachian family bands, and sister acts of old. Their songs and arrangements combine vocal elements of pop, blues, folk, and psychedelic rock.
“More than anything else, The Chapin Sisters are a brilliant new take on the harmony groups of another time … injected with new life and an occasionally morbid twist.” - Stephen Thomas/We Make Lists (May 23, 2010)
For their forthcoming new album, Two – Lily and Abigail, along with co-producers Jesse Lee (Gang Gang Dance) and Louie Stephens (Rooney) retreated to an old family farm in rural New Jersey where they put-together a studio and recorded in a converted cabin, over-looking woods and field, to gain inspiration from tree frogs and wild deer, crickets and waterbugs. Two incorporates lush keyboards, layered percussion, electric guitars and warm, rich vocals tones, in addition to acoustic guitar and three part-harmonies. It will be released in North America (US & Canada) on September 14th and in the UK/Europe in January 2011.
"Seductive and delicate folk-pop, with an occasional darker edge…" - Craig "Dodge" Lite, My Old Kentucky Blog (May 24, 2010)
This Summer, Lily & Abigail will be touring with She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) as members of their band and opening many of the shows as The Chapin Sisters. In June 2010, the Sisters released a collection of live-in-studio tracks – Oh, Hear The Wind Blow - as a limited edition tour EP that they recorded in spring 2010 at The Boat in Los Angeles, CA, produced by Dan Horne (Mezzanine Owls, Music Go Music, Lilys, Beachwood Sparks), a member of their live band The Brothers Brothers which also includes with their live band Louie Stephens (Rooney), and Aaron Sperske (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Lilys, Beachwood Sparks).
“I managed to catch Zooey singing one of their songs with them, I think it was “Let Me Go”. Their voices blended really well together, and it was nice to see them back on stage as backing vocalists with mean percussion skills in She & Him’s set.” - Milky Tea Kid (from She & Him live review of London show, May 10th)
Their first full-length record, Lake Bottom LP was collaboration with their other sister, Jessica Craven, who has sense taken a leave of absence to spend time with her new baby. Produced by Thom Monahan (Devendra Bandhart, Vetiver, Lavender Diamond) and Mike Daly (Whiskeytown, Grace Potter), the record was critically acclaimed and was named on of the LA Weekly’s Top Ten Records of 2008. It is being released in the UK/Europe this Summer.
“The one virtue the Chapin Sisters shares with classic sister acts of old becomes apparent when they sing together: that shiver of spotless, familial unity that makes every syllable woundingly poignant.” - FLAVORPILL San Francisco
Abigail and Lily were born in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Their father, 3-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin, along with their grandfather Jim Chapin (jazz drummer and educator) and the legacy of their uncle, singer-songwriter Harry Chapin (who passed away when the girls were infants), created an environment wherein music held an almost sacred purpose, whether it be for family, community, or humanitarian purposes. Abigail and Lily attended a Waldorf school in New York’s Hudson Valley whose arts-based education added training in orchestral music, choir, and music theory. The complicated harmonies of Shape-note songs and Gregorian chants were instilled in them at an early age. Additionally, throughout elementary and high school, they sang on over a dozen studio albums for various artists.
Since graduating from college and pursuing music professionally, the sisters have recorded on albums by Vetiver, Lavender Diamond, Gary Louris (Jahawks), Ann Magnusen, Will Oldham and Marie Sioux, etc.