Fenne Lily / Announces Debut Album & Shares Title Track 'On Hold'
Fenne Lily has today announced details of her anticipated debut album, ‘On Hold’, which is set for release on 6th April. Alongside today’s news, Fenne has unveiled the album’s title track as her new single. Stream & share ‘On Hold’ (single) via Soundcloud & YouTube.
Raised in the wilds of rural Dorset to punk and Queen-loving parents, Fenne Lily first picked up the guitar aged 15. Just one year later and she’d written the delicate but powerful ‘Top To Toe’, which deftly tackled social anxiety over softly picked guitar; a song about bleak adolescence that almost everyone could relate to. Self-released, ‘Top To Toe’ saw the young unknown attract global attention for her sublime songwriting ability and sharp emotional intelligence, as well as her gifted way with melody. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Laura Marling as well as the swooning sounds of Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and underground 1960s psychedelic greats like Linda Perhacs, ‘Top To Toe’ has since amassed a staggering 19 million streams on Spotify alone, a feat not many young artists can achieve off the back of the first song they’ve ever written.
But if you’re after a record full of soft, sweetly packaged ballads, then you’ve come to the wrong place, ’On Hold’ (album) is testimony that Fenne Lily is much more than your typical acoustic songwriter. “I don’t want to be a folk singer, even though that’s what comes easy to me,” she states. “I don’t want to disappoint the people who liked ‘Top To Toe’, but I don’t want to become pigeonholed.”
Now 20 years old and based in Bristol, Fenne Lily wrote the songs for ‘On Hold’ in sporadic bursts. The album was recorded in Bristol and on the Isle of Wight with producers Tamu Massif and James Thorpe, as well as PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, before then being mixed by Ali Chant who Fenne first worked with on Aldous Harding’s critically acclaimed album ‘Party’, for which Fenne provided guest vocals.
Thematically, most of ‘On Hold’ digs into the break-up of Fenne’s first important relationship and the pain that followed. Take, for example, the album’s title track; an upbeat, Mac DeMarco inspired tribute to Fenne’s best friend Felix, who she met immediately after the break-up: “He was also really sad. So we were just sad together and He made me feel like it was OK to feel like that.”
Although she sings about heartbreak, she’s quick to state that her songs aren't about wallowing in misery. “My music comes from anger, but I can’t sing angrily, so I sing sadly. It’s a sadness that’s fueled by fury.” This is Fenne all over. She’s straight up and to the point. As she puts it herself, there’s “no fannying about” when it comes to her music and that’s what makes it all the more special.
Coinciding with the album’s release, Fenne and her newly assembled band will embark on a headline tour kicking off in Cardiff on 6th April. The UK leg of the tour will take in Southampton, Brighton, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, and a homecoming show in Bristol on 17th April before then moving onto mainland Europe.
FENNE LILY EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
31st Jan - London - The Islington **SOLD OUT**
1st Feb - London - King's Head Members Club (Mahogany HORIZONS 2018)
3rd Feb - Bristol - The Louisiana **SOLD OUT**
3rd Mar - Zurich - RADAR Festival
6th Apr - Cardiff - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
7th Apr - Southampton - Heartbreakers
9th Apr - Brighton - Hope & Ruin
10th Apr - London - Moth Club
11th Apr - Manchester - Soup Kitchen
12th Apr - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
13th Apr - Glasgow - Stereo
15th Apr - Dublin - The Sound House
16th Apr - Birmingham - The Cuban Embassy
17th Apr - Bristol - Thekla
19th Apr - Amsterdam - Paradiso
21st Apr - Nijmegen - Merleyn
22nd Apr - Utrecht - Tivoli (Club 9)
23rd Apr - Cologne - Studio 672
25th Apr - Hamburg - Nochtspeicher
26th Apr - Mainz - Capitol
27th Apr - Munich - Orangehouse
28th Apr - Magdeburg - Wohnzimmerkonzerte
29th Apr - Berlin - Privat Club
1st May - Gent - Nest
2nd May - Arlen - Les Aralunaires Festival
Tickets for all dates are onside now from Fenne’s website here.
‘ON HOLD’ TRACKLISTING:
1. Car Park
2. Three Oh Nine
3. What's Good
4. The Hand You Deal
5. More Than You Know
6. On Hold
7. Top To Toe
10. For A While
11. Car Park (Overflow)