This UK based singer/songwriter is rising to fame after releasing just three singles in preparation for her debut EP titled Falling Asleep At The Wheel. If you haven’t heard of 20-year-old Holly Humberstone before, this is your sign to check her out ASAP.
Gaining inspiration from well-known musicians such as Lorde and Bon Iver, this alternative/indie pop artist displays talent through both her words and sound.
Growing up, Holly was always surrounded with creativity, due to both her music-obsessed parents, and her three sisters that shared her love for literature, art, and fashion. Holly recorded her new project in the perfect setting: her family’s super old home in the English countryside. With help from producer Rob Milton, a masterpiece was created.
Holly put out her first official music video and single called “Deep End” across all platforms in January of this year. While shown even more through each track, just this one song really describes the artist’s raw and emotional persona.
“I’ll be your medicine if you let me / Give you a reason to get out of bed / Sister I’m trying to hold out the lightning / And help you escape from your head,” Humberstone sings.
Whether she is writing about internal battles like on title track “Falling Asleep at the Wheel,” or the rollercoaster ride of falling for someone on “Overkill,” her songs emulate some of life’s most intense feelings in a way a simple conversation never could.
Any listener can relate to Humberstone’s honest words, and truly feel her feelings, making it hard not to continue listening.
“Now I don’t wanna be your enemy / But truly I ain’t got the energy / To wait for somebody you’ll never be / It never works / It never will.”
While many people have already enjoyed three tracks on the EP prior to its drop, new songs “Drop Dead,” “Vanilla,” and “Livewire,” give fresh vibes and demonstrate even more versatility and range in Humberstone’s talent.
With this debut project release, I’m sure Humberstone will gain tons of new fans in no time.
Even before the mini-album premiered, she had gained over 20 million streams and 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Additionally, she sold out her first two headlining performances at Omeara in London this November, and has gained recognition from major famed DJ’s such as Annie Mac and journalists like Bob Lefsetz. The New York Times even praised her music as “a reminder of how expertly crafted pop works.”
With all of these accomplishments and more in just a matter of months, Holly Humberstone is destined to be a breakout star in the near future.
Her chill and soothing music is the perfect catalyst for feeling good and is well in tune with the summer season. If this is your first time hearing this rising star’s name, giving her EP a listen is a must!
I give this project 4 out of 5 Swoops.