Fenne Lily / Releases Spotify Single Ahead of London Headline Show + Lucy Dacus Support Tour
Fenne Lily has today released a Spotify Single consisting of a reworked live studio version of fan favourite ‘More Than You Know’ as well as a cover of Angel Olsen’s ‘Unfucktheworld’.
‘More Than You Know’ originally featured on Fenne’s acclaimed debut album ‘On Hold’ which was released earlier this year. The new arrangement features Fenne alongside her full band and is the version that live audiences have been enjoying since the album’s release. ‘More Than You Know’ is coupled with a cover of ‘Unfucktheworld’ originally by Angel Olsen, another stalwart of Fenne’s live set, available now as a studio recording for the first time.
Speaking about the experience, Fenne shares: “Revisiting ‘More Than You Know’ alongside my band gave me the chance to see it in a stronger light; to take something I wrote feeling fragile and recreate it with the mind of someone more certain. Angel Olsen’s ‘Unfucktheworld’ has been one of my favourite pieces of songwriting since I was a kid. It’s timeless and simple yet I’ve always wanted to hear a longer, louder, more unhinged iteration of it, so we made one. The title seems more relevant than ever - we’re living in a messed up time, so I’m seeing this cover as a war cry, both personal and generational.”
Stream / Share both tracks from Fenne Lily’s Spotify single HERE.
Having spent the best part of 2018 nonstop touring the UK and Europe, and fresh from a festival run that has included a Green Man, Wilderness, and is still to take in a stop at the final Festival No. 6 this weekend, Fenne and her band (bassist Joe Sherrin of Slonk / Milo’s Planes and drummer Dan Lane) will arrive in London to headline The Borderline on 12th October. Fenne will then embark on a run of solo shows supporting Lucy Dacus across the UK and will make her US debut supporting Andy Shauf at a handful of shows in November. Full international listings for all Fenne’s upcoming tour dates can be found below.
Since she self released ‘On Hold’ earlier this year, Fenne has clocked up tens of millions of streams on Spotify alone for her debut album and has also earned herself a global publishing deal with Universal Music.
Fenne wrote and recorded the material that would form ‘On Hold’ between the ages of 15 and 20, while touring the continent with and lending her dulcet tones to the releases of rising alt-stars such as Aldous Harding, Charlie Cunningham, and Marlon Williams. Leaving school to spend her formative teenage years on the road, Fenne walked an uncertain path, playing truant from art college to immerse herself in a life of self-taught musicianship.
The result is a tapestry of heartache and comprehension, realised in record form with the help of friend and musical ally Tamu Massif, members of Champs and legendary producer John Parish. The latter helped add permanence to ‘Brother’, a song written in a drunken black-out and nearly lost to the ether, devoted to the one boy who’s never let her down.
Although she sings about heartbreak, Fenne is 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.
Stream ‘On Hold’ in full HERE.
FENNE LILY INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES:
Fri 7 Sep PORTMEIRION, Festival No. 6, UK
Sat 29 Sep DORTMUND, Way Back When Festival, DE
Fri 12 Oct LONDON, Borderline, UK (headline show)
Mon 22 Oct NORWICH, Arts Centre, UK *
Tue 23 Oct BRISTOL, Thekla, UK *
Thu 25 Oct LEICESTER, The Cookie, UK *
Fri 26 Oct GLASGOW, Mono, UK *
Sat 27 Oct MANCHESTER, Now Wave, UK *
Mon 29 Oct BRIGHTON, The Haunt, UK *
Wed 31 Oct LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall, UK *
Sat 24 Nov WASHINGTON DC, The Miracle Theatre, US ^
Sun 25 Nov PHILADELPHIA PA, PhilaMOCA, US ^
Mon 26 Nov BROOKLYN NY, National Sawdust, US ^
Tue 27 Nov BROOKLYN NY, National Sawdust, US (sold out) ^
Thu 29 Nov CHICAGO IL, Constellation, US ^
Fri 30 Nov CHICAGO IL, Constellation, US (sold out) ^
* w/ Lucy Dacus
^ w/ Andy Shauf
PRESS ACCLAIM FOR FENNE LILY:
“Heartbreakingly Beautiful” - Huw Stephens
“Really gorgeous” - Lauren Laverne
“An amazing new talent” - Jon Kennedy
“Confident and forthright” - DIY
“Startlingly beautiful” - The Independent (Ones to Watch 2018)
“An artist you don’t want to miss” - TIDAL Rising
“Fenne Lily is one of the finest emerging talents the UK has to boast” - Mahogany
“...An album that is hauntingly initimate, confessional and yet somehow otherworldly and ineffable. Think: Joni Mitchell as filtered through 4AD…” - BlackBook (US)
“A perfect go-to for the days when you're missing someone or somewhere” - Wild Honey Pie
“Sophisticated pop songs” - Rolling Stone (DE)
“Prepare to be completely bewitched” - Wonderland
“Fans of Marika Hackman will dig” - NME
“A new and extraordinary voice capable of wringing profound and resonant moments out of loss” - The Line of Best Fit
“If the crappy things in life can sound this beautiful, then it might all be okay in the end” - Gold Flake Paint
“A near post-punk sense of deconstruction” - Clash
“She belongs in one of Twin Peaks' more peculiar scenes… a voice we will be hearing more of” - The Arts Desk
“‘On Hold’s pared-back nature provides a stunning outlet for thoughts and processes. The future certainly looks bright for Fenne Lily” - Drowned in Sound