2018 album repressed on Pink Vinyl. Also available on CD.
Bristol Uk based singer-songwriter Fenne Lily has been gaining attention on the indie radar since 2016, with her arresting voice and musical side that bridges the lush valleys of Dido to the soaring and edgy sonatas of Sharon Van Etten. Over the course of two years she gradually released new songs – seven in total – that possessed the same effects on listeners: breathtaking, bone-chilling, and dazzling. Each track raised expectations that her debut album was on the horizon, and in 2018 she released ‘On Hold’ which has now been repressed on pink vinyl due to popular demand.
In a time of over-production and over complication, Fenne Lily brings a rawness and open honesty to the equation which is both refreshing and compelling in equal measure. Fenne wrote and recorded the material that would form her debut album ‘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.
Through the cracks in her heart, Fenne Lily has managed to deliver a record that is itself golden. An album that takes heartbreak and somehow finds a way to not pander to the usual hurtful, spiteful, and vengeful traits of similar records. Instead, Lily has found a way to embrace each moment, understand each lesson, and celebrate the little things that gave her hope. To celebrate the coming of a new day. Likewise, today, we celebrate the emergence of a star-in-waiting. The emergence of a young woman who makes us again believe there is hope after the pain.
"'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
.“...An album that is hauntingly initimate, confessional and yet somehow otherworldly and ineffable. Think: Joni Mitchell as filtered through 4AD...” - BlackBook.