Friday Trashback 2: Waterlillies
When stacked up against their pop/house music contemporaries at the time, Waterlillies were more than just an American Saint Etienne, far more mysterious than Deee-Lite and in a different league than Sunscreem. Their first LP was packed with solid tunes like "Hip To My Way," "Day And Age" and the sadly-overlooked single "Tired Of You."
Waterlillies, "Tired Of You"
Their second album, Tempted, arrived two years later, and its singles fared far better — in dance clubs at least. The title track hit #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1994, while Junior Vasquez's "Deep Factory Mix" of second single "Never Get Enough" sent the track to the top of the same chart in '95.
While I was always aware of Waterlillies, I actually didn't own either of their albums until this year. I stumbled upon Tempted while doing a bit of research on songs that topped the dance charts, and downloaded it off iTunes in January. Unfortunately, Envoluptuosity isn't available on the digital store, but I found a CD copy for a couple bucks on eBay.
Personally, I can live without the Vasquez mix of "Never Get Enough." That said, the album version is my favorite song by the duo. It's so subtle, housey and of its time:
Waterlillies, "Never Get Enough"
"...Waterlillies, a New York duo whose thoroughly alluring second album Tempted could be the future of dance — or one of its futures anyway. The concept is stunningly simple: put a human on techno by layering a female voice and pop hooks onto this most electronic and inhuman of musics... you don't come to club music for lyrics, but rather for a charged sonic rush, and that's where Tempted delivers the goods. In the hands of folks like the Waterlillies, dance music will continue to catch us off-balance just when we thought we knew all the stops. A-"I should also point out that Tempted made Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Albums list at the end of 1994.
Anyway, personally, I'm glad Waterlillies had their brief day in the sun. They've certainly sound-tracked many solitary walks and drives through the night for me all these years later.