Conceived amidst profound change and calls for revolution, ‘Shame and Sedition’ is the sound of Lula Wiles amplifying the present moment. Each song grew from personal revelations or yearning for collective reckoning, materializing into proclamations against powerful oligarchs, toxic relationships, media narratives, and the callousness capitalism demands. Sung in their instantly recognizable tight harmony, within a landscape of expansive electric guitars, dynamic currents of bass and drums, and intimate acoustic textures, the album sees Lula Wiles’ sound deepening to give honest form to their trenchant lyrics.
‘Shame and Sedition’ captures Lula Wiles at a pivotal juncture, as they critically examine today’s nuanced struggles and reconsider how our lives are lived.
Written entirely in lockdown, Isa Burke, Ellie Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin’s latest work was recorded over three weeks in early summer 2020 in a farmhouse in the Wabanakiak homeland. As the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, social isolation, death, soaring levels of poverty, and racial injustice, Lula Wiles felt an urgency to produce a record that reflects the raw tension of this moment and demands meaningful action.
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 093074024324 (CD) | 093074024317 (2xLP)
Catalogue Number: SFW40243 (CD) | SFW40243LP (2xLP)
Release Date: 21 May 2021