“There wasn’t any pent-up anything” says indie rock songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elizabeth de Lise of the new sense of freedom she felt recording her audacious forthcoming LP, Holy Matrimony. de Lise released two previous albums under her name, but now takes the reins as frontwoman in her first collaboration with bassist/engineer/producer, Mark Watter and drummer, Taylor Cullen— dubbed: Lizdelise. Where her eponymous 2016 LP was rooted in Liz’s love of Joni Mitchell and Andrew Bird, Holy Matrimony is an explosion of fuzz and distortion, hard evidence of the past two years the band has spent steeped in Philly’s booming music scene. de Lise’s wry storytelling still anchors this collection of songs, but the stories she’s telling— of growing up, the fragility of partnership, and childhood traumas that resurface in the most unexpected places— are now set on a wider stage. The band crafts a playful, ambitious sound that borrows from St. Vincent’s spare, angular guitars and Beach House’s lush arrangements. Inspired by months on the road together (in their ’94 GMC Jimmy) and the discovery of a secondhand drum machine, the band wrote and recorded the lion’s share of Holy Matrimony collaboratively in their West Philadelphia home studio and at The Headroom Philadelphia.
"Tell Me" is the first single off of Lizdelise's Holy Matrimony and was first premiered on Surviving the Golden Age in 2017. The band recorded the track with engineer/producer Kyle Joseph at Perimeter Recording Co. in Brooklyn, NY, where they dialed-in drum sounds, made the song extra hook-y, and added some undeniably luscious synth pads. When Lizdelise realized they had started recording their first record, it felt only right to include "Tell Me" in the bunch. With some tweaks from LdL’s collaborator, engineer/producer, Matt Poirier, "Tell Me" became a cohesive part of the Holy Matrimony family. The song is at once heartfelt and cheeky. We hear de Lise describe her struggle with the weight of depression and the self-loathing that comes along with it, as she commands the listener to empty her out and fill her back up with “whatever they desire” her to be. It’s a playfully dark nod to the futility of trying to meet other’s expectations, and the struggle of so many woman-identifying people to be everything all at once. The song is further evidence of the band’s ability to make the heavy, intensely personal stuff accessible to the listener. “Tell Me” comes to a head with a dramatic key change, sparkling synths, and an infectious guitar riff. We hear the desperation to please painted in perfectly simple prose, sung by de Lise and Watter: “When you gonna tell me what you want?”