What happens when you take the gentle folk of Laura Marling, the indie songwriting of Sharon Van Etten, and the psychedelic jangle of Mac DeMarco and throw it all together? You get Dorset’s Fenne Lily, who at the age of 20 has already begun to master the art of making music, from her sublime songwriting ability to her sharp emotional intelligence, as well as her gifted way with melody.
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’ 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. Following on from this, Fenne Lily has now announced her debut album, ‘On Hold’, and it’s titular single.

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. 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.”
On Hold’s tracklist is as follows:
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
8. Bud
9. Brother
10. For A While
11. Car Park (Overflow)
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. You can find the dates below:
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

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