Hailing from Grantham, Lincolnshire, young Holly Humberstone is someone
who clearly thrives when faced with a pressure situation. Earlier this year,
the 20-year-old songstress found out, with only 24 hours warning, that she
would be supporting Lewis Capaldi at his massive sold-out show at Wembley
Arena. Rising to the challenge, Humberstone – armed with only her guitar and
loop pedal – performed a captivating set to the capacity crowd. There were,
needless to say, many new converts to her music after that evening.
Long before that Lewis
Capaldi show, however, Holly Humberstone was already attracting considerable praise
from fans and critics. Inspired by an array of artists, from Damien Rice to
Lorde to Phoebe Bridgers, Humberstone’s music is characterised by haunting
melodies, impassioned vocals and lyrics of deep inner turmoil. Debut single
‘Deep End’, released back in March, is a terrific case in point: a slow-burning
indie-folk track infused with dark atmospherics, the song’s lyrics tackle the
subject of mental health with real sensitivity and insight.
Explaining the inspiration
behind the track, Humberstone says: “This song is quite a personal one. It came out pretty
naturally, as one of my sisters was going through a difficult time and I was
struggling to know how best to help. It feels like a lot of people are going
through something similar or suffering themselves and don’t have an outlet to
express it. It’s a difficult conversation but really important to let those
around you know that you care for them and will always stand by them.”
Currently working on her debut EP with
producer Rob Milton (Easy Life), Humberstone’s soul-baring, empathetic
songcraft is surely just the aural balm we all need right now. Make no mistake:
the next time she returns to Wembley Arena, this hotly-tipped starlet will
surely be headlining rather than providing warm-up duties.
KEY TRACK: ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ –
Humberstone’s second single and another marvellous example of her emotionally
literate, sonically intricate indie-pop.
FOR FANS OF: Phoebe Bridgers, Lorde, Marika Hackman.