‘Hold Me’ is the first of three songs set to appear on for the dark days and is one hell of an intro to the young stars second EP. The track sees Lil mature not only as a vocalist but as a producer (co-producing alongside George Moore), as she delicately layers her stunning vocals amongst intricate production, illuminating the song with a sense of vibrant light thanks to bright melodies and snappy beat production.
As with all Lil songs, ‘Hold Me’ tugs hard on your heartstrings as she sings lines like, “I don’t want to feel so alone, like no-one understands a word that I say, and yes I know I’m pushing them away,” with a quiver in her voice and a sense of melancholy that only comes from an artist experiencing catharsis through their work.
for the dark days is set to be followed up by another EP later in the year, designed to be a series that offer a conceptual take on her life in northern Norway, which goes through a winter of endless darkness followed by summers of constant sunlight.
Lil Halima herself said ‘Hold Me’ may, “seem like a very dark song, but in many ways what I’m trying to say is that nothing is wrong with me, I just need a hand to hold on to and in this case, it should’ve been my own”.
The multi-talented Norwegian songstress, with musical roots in both Kenya and American hip-hop, has been inspired by names such as SZA, Noname, Erykah Badu and FKA Twigs. Artists like James Blake and Bon Iver have also been an important part of her upbringing and of the making of this EP.
In 2018, Lil Halima captured the world’s attention using her unique singing, songwriting, musicianship, producer and visual art skills. On top of the masterfully crafted songs off her first EP, love songs for bad lovers, Lil Halima hand-painted all of the artwork for its singles,
including ‘Train’ and ‘Jasmine.’ Her artistic talents earned Lil Halima praise from a range of media such as triple j, FBI, Monster Children, i-D and MTV.
In the words of Wonderland Magazine, Lil Halima’s work is “reminiscent of being folded slow-motion into your duvet. And we’re ready to be coddled for an eternity”.