Fenne Lily has released an official video for the title track from her soon to be released debut album, ‘On Hold’ (out April 6th). Self directed, this DIY video project stars Fenne roller-skating around London on a mission of random acts of kindness, the unfolding of which is all captured by her friend following behind on a skateboard with a camera.
Speaking about the concept for this video Fenne Lily shares: “‘On Hold’ was written as a thank you for the warmth of the world when I was at my lowest and I wanted the video that accompanied it to be a raw representation of this gratitude. Being nice is underrated. It makes me smile to watch, and dorky as it is, I feel this video communicates a joy that often goes untold.”
Not many young artists can count up a massive 20 million streams off the back of the first song they’ve ever written, but then again, not many young artists are Fenne Lily. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Laura Marling as well as the swooning sound of Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and underground 1960s psychedelic greats like Linda Perhacs, that song, ‘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.
Fenne wrote the songs for ‘On Hold’ in sporadic bursts. Thematically, the record 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.”
The album was recorded in Bristol, where Fenne is now based, 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.
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.
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 LIVE DATES:
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
20th April – Rotterdam – Motel Mozaique
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 – Kranhalle
28th Apr – Magdeburg – Wohnzimmerkonzerte
29th Apr – Berlin – Privat Club
1st May – Gent – Nest
2nd May – Arlen – Les Aralunaires Festival
5th May – Leeds – The Wardrobe
15th Jun – Maifield Derby
19th Aug – Greenman Festival
7th Sept – Festival No. 6
Tickets for all headline dates are onside now from Fenne’s website HERE