(Photo Credit - Nicole Loucaides)
Avance Review - Fenne Lily: BREACH (September 18, 2020) via Dead Oceans
“It’s kind of like writing yourself a letter, and leaving it in a book that you know you’ll get out when you’re sad - like a message to yourself in the future”.
This is what Fenne Lily has to say about isolation - the main theme of her new album BREACH, her debut under Dead Oceans dropping September 18th. While she wrote the album away from the world before the COVID crisis, it’s tone and message couldn’t be more prevalent to almost everyone who has socially distanced themselves and remain to, still.
The album starts off with “To Be a Woman pt. 1”. It’s very cheeky in that it plays off the notion of what is expected of her and not what she actually expects of herself, it seems. There is no second part on the album, alluding to the fact that she feels undefinable, or rather she doesn’t have to define it at all or continue to try.
“To Be a Woman pt.1” is followed by "Alapathy", which seems to set the tone for an album. It’s playful, with a simple drum and strum schematic that almost anyone can nod their head to. She shows her depth as an intellectual as well:
“Validate my fervency
To be so bound never looked so free
Allopathic remedies for now”
Whether you like the style music or not, Fenne is a force to be reckoned with lyrically.
"Elliott" is a track that hits with such emotion and conveys such a vivid visualization for the listener. The soft jingle of bells in the beginning almost makes it seem like you’re in a local shop or cafe and the door sounds as a person, perhaps this Elliott, walks through the door. It conveys the curiosity of seeing someone that leaves you intrigued enough to make a connection and the anxiety of interacting with a new person.
As the album continues, brief flourishes from the violin can be heard in “Birthday” and the album’s closing track “Laundry and Jet Lag” while the piano interludes in “Blood Moon”. All of these little notions carry us through a winded catharsis that is held onto while also accepting a promising future.
Rating - 4/5