Soulful roots rock quartet, Laini and the Wildfire, have just released their second full length album. More than three years in the making, the album, titled Hold On to Your Soul, is a wink to the group’s sonic journey, as well as a reflection of lead singer/songwriter/keys player Laini Marenick’s own journey towards self love and acceptance.
The eleven song record clearly channels Marenick’s experience working as a clinical therapist, as the content is equally empowering as it is vulnerable. According to Marenick, “There is no self love without first learning to understand and accept the darkest parts of yourself.” That intention is made clear on the album, as it balances difficult topics like love and loss, family dysfunction, and the shadow self with an overall feeling of movement towards positivity and hopefulness.
Hold On to Your Soul is a follow up to Laini and the Wildfire’s debut album Wandering, which received high praise. This new record further defines Laini and the Wildfire’s unique blend of rock, roots, soul, and retro leaning pop – a genre similar to artists like Lake Street Dive and Grace Potter. Marenick’s signature powerhouse vocals are front and center on the album, backed by piano based progressions, tasteful melodic guitar solos, and an emphatic rhythm section – all meticulously crafted to serve the song.