"You are all liars. Saying stuff. But it is not real. And I am the biggest liar of you all. Lying and lying about who I am and what I can do and that it will be ok." Those are the words from a real conversation that may have been a start to the song itself.
A collaboration with the Artist of the Year of Örebro, Sweden – Mats Dernánd. Blame-y on the first feel but much deeper than it may seem, Liar is about the end of a relationship one can't believe in but sees clearly at the same time. One blames the other for lying about it being ok, and, at the same time, blames themselves for destroying the last moments of that relationship.
Full of longing for the past, not understanding what went wrong and when, and frustration about their own bad shape making it even worse, the song is a kind of an anti-duet that, in contrast to most duets, doesn't have a good ending. Surprisingly soft and, at the same time, epic thanks to a real trumpet played by Mats, the song carries the vulnerability of Tilly's singing and songwriting and the grandioseness of Mats' production approach.
We ended up going for a metaphor of the frustration and arguments that accompany pretty much any Monopoly game and shot the moody music video partly in Prague, Czechia, at Tilly's, and the other part in Mats' hometown, Örebro.
The song was premiered on March 22, 2023 on Swedish P4 Örebro Radio.
Full "Liar" EPK and interview
Artist, Writers, Music, Production, and Video: Mats Dernánd & &Tilly
You can find the Liar [&Tilly x Mats Dernánd] song on:Spotify ⇾ Deezer ⇾ Tidal ⇾ Apple Music ⇾ Bandcamp ⇾
Sitting in hole of whispers Breathing in all of life One has to wonder if all’s already lost Ever opened one of old windows Ever licked your lips just right One has to think of all that’s turned to dust What about all those old stories And why you say they might be true I was thinking all those beliefs weren’t right You’re a liar And I’m a day Stuck at night Stuck in puddles and empty words Watching all fall apart I thought the lies were for normal folks around Could you say that ever again Could you promise, could you not? What comes around eventually goes Are we part of cliché stories Were we ever any good I was thinking all those things were just for looks You’re a liar And I’m a home Full of fight Did I ever tell you life’s an undiluted spirit And I taste mornings every single night Did I ever mention I was never into drinking But life’s lessons screwed up my blurry sight Bitter as it seems Blind as we may be It lifts it The day and the good nights You’re a liar And I’m not well Drowned in life I’m drowned in life You’re a liar I’m a liar You’re a liar
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