Single Review: Fenne Lily – What’s Good

By on Friday, 14th July 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Turn the lights off, hit play and pay attention to the first official music video release from Bristol-based singer/songwriter Fenne Lily. ‘What’s Good’ was self released back in March, but the heart-on-sleeve-influenced music video premiered just last week.

In 2016, Fenne embarked on her very first UK headline tour and also had a one-off support slot with Lucy Rose. The Bristolian has continued into 2017 with a tour supporting Charlie Cunningham in Europe and landed a slot on a co-headline tour with Siv Jakobson, Paul Thomas Saunders and Sivu this October, which you can read all about here. Fenne has since been working on new material, which is expected to drop later this year. And if it’s anything near as beautiful as ‘What’s Good’, we’re in for quite a treat.

‘What’s Good’ speaks directly from the fragile, painful side of love. Captured by a combination of raw production techniques, a simple yet captivating song and a collection of beautifully honest lyrics, Fenne’s vocals are front and centre throughout the whole track, making it impossible to ignore her sorrowing, self-pitying lyrics. With no sign of vocal processing or even hints of effects to soften the projection, the listener hears in full Lily’s soft, quivering tone as she tenderly makes her way through the deeply personal track. The development of the track seems ambiguous, as a single acoustic guitar softly provides harmonic context to the vocal melody. The song progresses through an empowering yet exposing pre-chorus. Her lyrics “And I know what I want/But I know what I’ll lose” hint at a fight-or-flight state of mind, in this case swaying more towards fight. Approaching the steadily rhythmic chorus, there’s a sense of relief, even though the lyrics continue to address Lily’s vulnerable state: “’cos I need this more than I knew / More than I like, more than you do”.

Following the success of previous singles ‘Bud’ and ‘Top to Toe’, which together have accumulated over 20 million Spotify streams, ‘What’s Good’ has only made Fenne Lily more accessible. With the release of a music video, we can now enjoy a visual representation of her painfully honest music.

8/10

‘What’s Good’ by Fenne Lily is out now, self released by Fenne herself. If you wish to catch Lily live this year, be sure to check out her tour dates through here.

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