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Listen to Holly Humberstone’s new piano ballad ‘London Is Lonely’

"I'm still trying to find my place here and make it my home," Humberstone explained of living in London

By Charlotte Krol

Holly Humberstone poses behind a rain-soaked window pane
Holly Humberstone. (Picture: Phoebe Fox)

Holly Humberstone has released a new single written about her experience of moving to the capital – listen to ‘London Is Lonely’ below.

The BRITs 2022 Rising Star winner has shared her first new material since her acclaimed 2021 EP ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’, which could feature on her work-in-progress debut album that she spoke to Rolling Stone UK about recently.

“I wrote ‘London Is Lonely’ back in February 2020 right before the pandemic hit here in the UK,” Humberstone said in a new statement. “I had just moved out of my childhood home down to London and had spent the past few months feeling really trapped and alone in my tiny flat with strangers.

“London felt so intense and although there were so many people around me, I felt even more isolated and like I didn’t belong. I kind of lost myself in the city. I didn’t exactly know who I was anymore, and so going home and writing felt like my safe space to process everything. It’s funny now listening to the song almost two years on, post-pandemic, and feeling like nothing much has changed at all. I’m still trying to find my place here and make it my home and so it felt right to put this song out into the world right now, when so many other people are probably feeling lost right now too.”

Some of the lyrics on the touching piano ballad read: “Started feeling like I’m living in the Upside Down / I haven’t seen you in forever and I don’t know how / And I’ve been smoking and staying out too late / But you know I’ve got good intentions babe.”

The news follows the Lincolnshire native being announced to play the biggest stages of her career this spring. She was personally invited by Olivia Rodrigo to join her US tour that kicks off in April, including a date at Madison Square Gardens (April 26), and will also support Girl In Red on tour.

Humberstone has also been confirmed to perform at the 2022 BRIT Awards along with Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Dave, Little Simz and Liam Gallagher.

Late last year, Humberstone won the BRITs Rising Star award, telling Rolling Stone UK that it “hasn’t sunk in yet at all”.

“I’ve not really been sleeping since I found out I was nominated. It was so cool to even be nominated, but I was just shit-scared and nervous about the results. Honestly, I’m just pinching myself.”

Humberstone’s ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’, released in November 2021, is her most recent EP and featured a high-profile collaboration with The 1975’s Matty Healy, who co-wrote ‘Please Don’t Go Just Yet’. It’s the follow-up to her 2020 debut EP ‘Falling Asleep at the Wheel’.