“The song came from experiencing true serendipity. A lot of things in my life were falling into place pre-pandemic. That day, I was waiting for the train thinking about the millions of little things that have to work right in order for anything to happen (down to the bolts on my car staying in place for my engine to function properly). When you think about things that way, everything feels lighter.”
Lianna Vanicelli heads the project, Xelli Island. Having fronted one band after another since she was 14, Lianna was tired from the conflicts of a group dynamic and has found strength and a clear creative direction as a solo artist.
Her island is something of a mirage; a melodic, lyrical haven to the unbridled human spirit and travails alike.
The project is a serendipitous result of Lianna working closely with producer and long-time friend Jon Zott. They have been co-producing and co-writing the songs together since summer of 2019, with additional collaboration from bassist, Mathew Hofman.
’02 20 20’ is the first single from her debut EP, forthcoming later this year. She describes the EP as her life’s work.