New Music Friday: Lights Light Up by Fenne Lily

I first came across this song bout a month ago when Jay Sweet who runs the Newport Folk Festival shared it on social media and said he had basically had it on repeat for days. So of course I had to check it out. I did indeed agree that it was a great song, and then stuck in my back pocket for a New Music Friday post figuring that it was going to be new to other people even if I didn’t write about it right away. I had decided that today was the day I was going to pull it out, and lo and behold that was very serendipitous because when I went to look it up to share it, I discovered that the album that it’s on, Big Picture, was released today. So it’s a perfect New Music Friday to share it.

Fenne Lily is from Bristol, England though it seems like she’s has moved to New York in the last year or so. Big Picture is actually her third studio album, though this is the first I’ve heard of her. Like so many artists these days she got her start as a teenager. She’s still only 26 years old and has three albums under her belt. It doesn’t seem like she’s had a huge breakthrough in the US yet, but I can see that changing with this album. By big, I mean that people who listen to indie radio might finally discover her. I think most people only find music on TikTok these days, and as a non-TikToker myself I have no idea what her presence there is like. It doesn’t seem like the kind of music that would go viral there, but if you’re into melancholy, folky indie rock then this album is for you. Given Jay Sweet’s love for her I at least expect that if she’s not at this year’s Newport, which is still announcing it’s lineup for the year, she’ll be at next year’s.

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