Fiona Silver’s songs unfold like grainy film noir vignettes strewn with anachronistic stylistic signifiers, captivating narratives, and raw emotionality. The New York-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer calls her debut album Little Thunder. Fiona’s album comes from a swirling storm within—it’s a masterstroke that is both vulnerable and badass.
“This music is a direct line to my heart; within these songs there is a longing to connect,” she reveals.
Fiona’s evocative artistry encompasses the doe-eyed playfulness of 1960s girl groups, and the haunting beauty of Lady Day-era jazz, along with strains of vintage soul, classic rock, and modern indie rock. It’s a romantic aesthetic of pour-your-heart-out proportions that also harnesses humor, irony, and an alluring naiveté.
Fiona has garnered acclaim from NPR’s All Things Considered, Ukulele Magazine, Go!, Pure Volume, Culture Collide, Examiner, and Curve Magazine. With her pinup girl panache and seductive charm, she’s mesmerized audiences nationally. A cross section of live highlights include performances at Austin's iconic Hole In The Wall, the world famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, and sharing stages with Shakey Graves, Mike Doughty, Breedlove, and Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes. Fiona also has the added distinction of being endorsed by Luna Guitars, alongside five-time Grammy Award winner India Arie and 21 Pilots’ Tyler Joseph.
Little Thunder is a poetic and poignant collection of cinematic soul-pop and shakin’-from-the-hips garage rock. The seven-song’s lead single, “Take Me Down,” boasts echo-drenched guitars, an infectious Motown-vibing bassline, and Fiona’s stunning vocal phrasing. Here, she traverses weary lover coolness, hope, and heartbreak. The track’s narrative is intriguingly veiled, alluding to drugs and co-dependency to illuminate a perspective on being powerlessly in love.
Fiona’s seductive lost puppy innocence imbues “I’ll Follow You.” This track comes off like a golden ballad beamed into a cherry red 57 Chevy from a lost radio transmission. On the simmering “Keep it Fresh,” she lays out a treatise on post-breakup empowerment over an undeniably funky beat. The album concludes with the chilling David Lynch-esque “Smoking Gun,” a masterful done-wrong revenge narrative that evokes Ennio Morricone and swampy goth-poets The Gun Club.
Fiona, who is a gifted big picture conceptualist, co-produced the album with Erin Tonkon, an on-the-rise producer who has worked with such artists as David Bowie and Esperanza Spalding. Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Emily Lazar, of David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Morrissey fame, put the final sonic touches on the album. I didn’t go in wanting to make a ‘girl power’ album’,” Fiona says laughing. “For me, it came down to who intuitively understood the music.”
Pondering the aftermath of Little Thunder, Fiona says: “I hope I can take people on a journey with these songs where they can feel the range of emotions we can access, the darkness, sadness, thrills and joy. That’s how we all connect and make sense of life.”
"...femme fatale, an heiress apparent to Amy Winehouse... or a modern day chanteuse given her spit and sass, Fiona Silver clearly demands immediate attention."
"In addition to Silver being blessed with a perfectly soft, rich, and soulful voice, it is her fearless experimentation with all sorts of genres that we find so cool. While many of her songs are rooted in the blues, she often transitions into soul, rock, and even pop when you least expect it."
-Rodney on the ROQ (KROQ 106.7FM)
"Fiona Silver’s sexy, seemingly cigarette-stained voice makes her instantly recognizable as an honest-to-god East Village girl. Yet though her 60s-girl-group-meets-David-Lynch guitar-pop is gritty and sexual, a significant part of her appeal is her willingness to reveal an underlying vulnerability."
-Black Book Magazine
"We are aware that the label "Femme Fatale" may sound chauvinistic to some, but when a lady enters the stage like this ... we think the title is not only deserved but actually pursued."
-The Deli Magazine
"Sultry one minute and vulnerable the next"
“Silver’s love affair with music came early... She credits a wide range of musical influences, from Billie Holiday to Led Zeppelin to TV on The Radio. She’s become an artist who writes her own music... about love, life and ‘looking towards the light.’”