Nearly two years after her American Idol run, Lilly Scott is set to release her debut with Varlet

Nearly two years after

she charmed the world as an American Idol contender

on the ninth season of the Fox flagship,

Lilly Scott

is thriving creatively in Denver, fronting her own band,


. The group has completed its debut effort,

The Drifter

, and set a release date for Saturday, November 26, at the

Larimer Lounge

with Mike Marchant's Outer Space Party Unit, the Legendary River Drifters and Doo Crowder.

Drifter was tracked this past summer by Snake Mountain's Joe Ramirez and Andy Wild (A Tom Collins), mixed by James Barone (Pacific Pride, Tjutjuna, Tennis) and mastered by Brian Marcus (Tjutjuna, Samurai Buck). We've had the chance to listen to three of the EP's six tracks, and from what we've heard, the songs are varied and utterly bewitching. Scott's voice is in dependably fine form on tunes like "Eastern" and "High Heels" and more than ably backed here by Kitezh's Cole Rudy, Vaughn McPherson, Will Duncan and Lilly's brother David Scott on bass. Our favorite cut thus far from the record is "In My Pocket." Fans of Best Coast will eat this one up. Have a listen.

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