EP Review: Lilith Max – Storybook

Lilith Max is a singer songwriter who was born in Germany but is now based in Houston, USA. A former child actor, she’s probably best known for her role in Call of Duty WWII alongside several other film projects. Yet, her real passion has always been music and she has just released her debut EP. Riffing on traditional folktales and narratives, giving them a modern twist, it’s called Storybook.

By Graeme Smith

The EP opens with a subversion of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Lilith’s unique and dramatic vocals caught my attention straight away. Musically, her sound is difficult to describe. There are some elements of classical, pop, folk and experimentation. It’s wonderfully fresh and captivating, and the lyrics are vividly macabre.

Sacrifice leans more heavily into the pop side of Lilith’s sound, without losing any of her uniqueness. Acoustic guitar and handclaps provide a vibrant backdrop against which the emotive lyrics unfold. The heartbreak grows with every word and note. It’s a real highlight. Ice Age opens stripped-back and best showcases Lilith’s vocals. It moves effortlessly into a piano-led folk pop arrangement and image-laden, philosophical story.

Champagne & Cigarettes is a cinematic ballad. Piano and strings create the early atmosphere before the track relaxes into a jazzy groove. The poetic lyrics tell a wonderfully complex story that demands more than one listen to unpick. It’s a beautifully written track. Then The Cautionary Tale closes the EP. Delicately acoustic, it paints a melancholic picture with visceral images of abuse and trauma.

Lilith Max is a winner of the YoungArts ’22 competition and it’s easy to see why with this EP. I am honestly so excited by her sound. Her lyrics are masterpieces that bely her young age and her music is rich with drama, atmosphere and emotion. Lilith has the world at her feet and I can’t wait to see where she takes her talent. Storybook is a wonderful taste of what’s to come from her. You can give it a listen below.