Artist to Watch: Lily Seabird Aches With Cathartic Pain & Raw Melancholia in “Cavity”

Lily Seabird © Patrick Hintz
Lily Seabird © Patrick Hintz
Soft as a whisper but heavy like a stone, Lily Seabird’s “Cavity” aches like a… well, like a decaying tooth. Like emotional rot. It’s the beautiful, breathtaking, raw reckoning of a soul in the midst of its own upheaval, and the latest tease off Seabird’s forthcoming sophomore album, ‘Alas’ (out January 12, 2024).
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Stream: “Cavity” – Lily Seabird

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX0B3yrVTio




Filling up my past like a cavity, but I can’t quit the habit, I’m addicted to it ’cause it’s so sweet…

A cathartic, cleansing weight hangs over Lily Seabird’s latest single.

Soft as a whisper but heavy like a stone, “Cavity” aches like a… well, like a decaying tooth. Like emotional rot. It’s the beautiful, breathtaking, raw reckoning of a soul in the midst of its own upheaval: A brutal indie folk song of growing pains, of chapters’ ends and new beginnings, of learning to let go the hard way.

Music like this doesn’t just come and go after four minutes’ time. Seabird’s words linger on the air, her warm, wistful guitars and fragile voice haunting our memories like an intimate, ever-present shadow. “Cavity” is a companion for the gloom, but it also brings a healthy dose of melancholy with it: Seabird puts herself through the emotional wringer, and she takes her audience with her on a poetic and deeply poignant journey. A gentle giant of inner unrest and turmoil, “Cavity” sends shivers down the spine as Lily Seabird dwells in her own vulnerable, visceral, soul-stirring depths.

Alas - Lily Seabird
Alas – Lily Seabird
Been a lot better lately without you around
Sitting at home and drinking
I think more clearly
than when you were around
Been down this road before,
but still don’t know what to do
Don’t forget you’re the one
that left my key in my back door
Filling up my past like a cavity,
but I can’t quit the habit
I’m addicted to it ’cause it’s so sweet
I’m in love with you baby
but I don’t want you around
I’ll eat your shit ’til it rots
but I won’t be the one to wear your silver crown

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Cavity,” the smoldering third single taken off Lily Seabird’s forthcoming sophomore album, Alas (independently out January 12, 2024). Following the fiery “Grace” and the grungy, hard-hitting “Dirge,” “Cavity” sees Lily Seabird – the pseudonym of Burlington, Vermont-based singer/songwriter and producer Lily Seward – tapping the folkier side of her musical roots as she lets her heart spill out in droves.

Longing and yearning collide with unadulterated grief and unresolved emotions as Seabird channels her own vulnerability – and her unabating loneliness – into a quiet, dark, and delicate confessional:

Hate this song like a tooth ache,
shot the dark like a mistake
Burn it down to the ground for you,
cry my eyes out for you too
Hate the weather when it’s clear out,
even more when it rains
Maybe I just can’t stop
spreading around all my pain

“I got a cavity filled that day and then I drank smoothie and a bunch of wine and wrote the song that night,” Seward tells Atwood Magazine. “I was feeling pretty sad about a lot of stuff, it’s a lonely song. My friend Francesca directed the video, she also actually got a cavity filled the day we shot it. The dominos are a nod to the track that follows, which is in many ways the heart of the record.”

Lily Seabird © Patrick Hintz
Lily Seabird © Patrick Hintz



The kind of bone-chilling song that promises to bring a live audience to a standstill, “Cavity” is a tender tempest – and the perfect introduction to Alas, Seabird’s forthcoming record.

“I wrote this album in 2021 and 2022 on the road, trying to figure out who I am,” she explains. “A lot of [the songs] also deal with the time when my close friend passed away. The title Alas meant a lot to her.”

“The album is about loss, coming of age, and sadness but there are also all these moments where happiness takes over,” she continues. “It can be two things at once: Life isn’t just pain and sadness, there’s also joy. They can all exist at the same time. Alas is an expression of grief, but it’s also for letting go.”

Been a lot better lately without you around,
sitting at home and drinking
I think more clearly
than when you were around

Produced by Seward and Benny Yurco, Alas promises to be an achingly intimate and all-consuming experience: An album leaning hard into grief, healing, and one soul’s unbridled, unabridged reflections on what it means to live, to love, and to exist in this world.

With its nuanced mix of sincere and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, “Cavity” offers the perfect four-and-a-half minute window into Lily Seabird’s mind – and firmly establishes her as an artist to watch in 2024. Complete with her own seductive saxophone performance, the song and its music video are easy to fall for, and hard to forget.

Watch “Cavity” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay tuned for more to come from Lily Seabird as she continues to tease her sophomore album. Alas is out everywhere January 12, 2024!

Wash my hands clean up my mess
I made my own mistakes,
I don’t need to sit around
waiting for you to say “ok”
Tired of being your rag doll
dragged around across the floor
No need to say sorry,
I don’t need you anymore

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Stream: “Cavity” – Lily Seabird

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