The Lilli Lewis Project released its first album, We Belong, on September 6, in hopes it will unify its listeners in a time of division. The album’s main themes deal with the notion of unconditional community, where empathy is realized despite differences.
In July, promoting the album’s release, The Lilli Lewis Project announced a residency at Carnaval Lounge (formerly Siberia Lounge) for the remainder of the year. The band will play one show a month at Carnaval Lounge through December 20.
The video focuses on the St. Claude, 9th Ward murals. Inspiration for the video came from the group’s residency at Carnaval Lounge, located at 2227 St. Claude Ave., and the video serves as a love letter, calling attention to an area that welcomed the band before the album’s release. The St. Claude murals, serving as the video’s focal point, each depict an aspect of the area, the liveliness and joyful spirit, seen in the people who live there.
The “We Belong” video was directed by Ole Oddlokken, featuring members of the band performing, while family, friends and members of the community dance and sing in harmony. To thank the venues which helped The Lilli Lewis Project along the way, the video also features footage filmed at The Art Garage, Cafe Istanbul, Carnaval Lounge, Hi Ho Lounge and numerous other businesses that opened their doors to the band.
The album is available through retail and digital outlets and available on streaming services. For information regarding the band and upcoming performances, visit the band’s website, here.