“Little by little, bit by bit. That’s how you eat an elephant,” Big Little Lions sing in the opening track of their sixth studio album, Inside Voice, set for release on October 5th via AntiFragile Music. When I heard words I’ve said millions of times being sung back to me, I knew that Inside Voice and I were going to be great friends, a sentiment that was strongly reinforced as I absorbed the cheerful magnitude of each track on the record.
Big Little Lions employ interlocking harmonies, brightly infused with horns, bells, beats, and maybe even one of those little melodica keyboard thingies you play with your mouth (yes, that’s the technical term) to create soaring tunes that quicken the imagination and transport the mind to a technicolor dream. What is truly amazing about Big Little Lions is that its two members, Helen Austin and Paul Otten, were born to make music together, their voices made to combine, but they are in different countries. It just goes to show you, destiny is a powerful force.
The band sonically occupies a space inhabited by the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Head and The Heart, and Generationals, those family-style bands who create a massive sound that lifts the spirit and soothes the soul. Though Big Little Lions crafted their songs from struggles like depression and anxiety, the album makes sure to celebrate humanity, viewing its uniqueness as a treasure, reaching through the sound waves to create unity in shared experiences.
“We hope the listener will come away feeling comfort in knowing that we all deal with these issues,” the band says. “As always we have injected our optimism into this collection of songs and are excited for everyone to hear them.” Without further ado, East of 8th proudly presents Inside Voice by Big Little Lions: