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Holly Humberstone

Falling Asleep at the Wheel EP
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Budding UK indie singer/songwriter Holly Humberstone is a generational talent. Her songs are like the grunge version of pop. There’s an eloquent rashness to her vocals that’s equally smooth too. There’s never been anybody quite like her and that immediately makes her new EP Falling Asleep At The Wheel something that everybody needs to check out.

Over the span of just a few months, Humberstone has earned millions of streams. Her music is emotionally raw and produced with an intentional amount of space to add depth to her vocal. That let the emotion in her voice bleed through. The EP starts out with “Deep End” a simple song that features a dropped down electronic guitar as the lone instrumentation for most of the song. It plays like a smooth blues song because of the vocal, but the guitar gives it a tinge of grunge while the atmospheric elements added to the production near the end of the song make it more akin to a pop song. In the span of under 3 minutes the song takes you on a wild ride and then leads directly into the title track of the EP seamlessly. It’s a striking transition and something you rarely hear in 2020. The title song of the EP features a piano and more of that atmospheric production. The hook in the chorus makes it closer to a pop song than “Deep End” before it. “Overkill” is also more of a pop song but features what’s probably the most instrumentation on the EP, and really – there’s not much there. It’s just guitar, bass, and drums and then some distinctive elements added to the production. Those three songs are the clear highlights on the EP, but the other three songs can’t really be discredited either. Humberstone writes lyrics in her own style. They’re relatable and memorable. Her lyric style and her melody style all over the EP are both like a lot of 90’s and 2000’s Adult Contemporary music that would have been labeled as Adult Alternative now. That’s just a way of saying her music is sophisticated in an accessible way.

The production and the songs are both great from Humberstone on her debut EP. Everything she does here is impressive. As noted, she’s a generational talent. Her music and style of what she does is intoxicating. 2020 has brought us all a lot of horrible bullshit, but Humberstone is talented enough and her EP is good enough to make you forget about it for twenty minutes.






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Falling Asleep at the Wheel EP
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Budding UK indie singer/songwriter Holly Humberstone is a generational talent. Her songs are like the grunge version of pop. There’s an eloquent rashness to her vocals that’s equally smooth too. There’s never been anybody quite like her and that immediately makes her new EP Falling Asleep At The Wheel something that everybody needs to check out.

Over the span of just a few months, Humberstone has earned millions of streams. Her music is emotionally raw and produced with an intentional amount of space to add depth to her vocal. That let the emotion in her voice bleed through. The EP starts out with “Deep End” a simple song that features a dropped down electronic guitar as the lone instrumentation for most of the song. It plays like a smooth blues song because of the vocal, but the guitar gives it a tinge of grunge while the atmospheric elements added to the production near the end of the song make it more akin to a pop song. In the span of under 3 minutes the song takes you on a wild ride and then leads directly into the title track of the EP seamlessly. It’s a striking transition and something you rarely hear in 2020. The title song of the EP features a piano and more of that atmospheric production. The hook in the chorus makes it closer to a pop song than “Deep End” before it. “Overkill” is also more of a pop song but features what’s probably the most instrumentation on the EP, and really – there’s not much there. It’s just guitar, bass, and drums and then some distinctive elements added to the production. Those three songs are the clear highlights on the EP, but the other three songs can’t really be discredited either. Humberstone writes lyrics in her own style. They’re relatable and memorable. Her lyric style and her melody style all over the EP are both like a lot of 90’s and 2000’s Adult Contemporary music that would have been labeled as Adult Alternative now. That’s just a way of saying her music is sophisticated in an accessible way.

The production and the songs are both great from Humberstone on her debut EP. Everything she does here is impressive. As noted, she’s a generational talent. Her music and style of what she does is intoxicating. 2020 has brought us all a lot of horrible bullshit, but Humberstone is talented enough and her EP is good enough to make you forget about it for twenty minutes.



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