In this beautifully deplorable debut record, On Hold, Fenne Lily is able to find hope after the pain of a serious heartbreak. It may be shocking to discover that at just 20 years old she has enough content to write a 37 minute album, but Fenne Lily says that some songs were written before she even experienced heartbreak. The album also highlights alienation from her family and friends and a tribute to the man who helped her overcome it all, her brother.
This independent release came out on April 6th, 2018, but seven of the ten tracks had been previously released as singles. “Top to Toe” was released when Fenne Lily was just 15 years old. The reflective lyrics on that track talk about how it “isn’t what it used to be” and how “it’s just not right.” The raw honesty is magnetic and pulled thousands of Spotify streams, leading a self-taught musician to touring with Lucy Dacus and Andy Shauf.
“For a While” starts off with the lyrics “leaving it all unsaid,” because she has grown to “need this pain.” The song is hauntingly beautiful. Fenne Lily understands that it is time for a change “but it hurts to feel this much” and searches for familiar support in such a vulnerable time.
“The Hand You Deal” begins in an ethereal realm and transcends into a place of power. The exposed acoustics are perfectly compelling. While she sings “I don’t try to wake/There’s nothing in my day that I want to replay,” you will surely want to replay this album.
Recommended If You Like: Lucy Dacus, Andy Shauf, Jade Bird, Laura Marling
Recommended Tracks: (7) Top to Toe, (10) For a While, (4) The Hand You Deal
Do Not Play: None
Written by Miranda Roberts on 12/28/2018