Rising indie-pop sensation Hollie Humberstone has linked up with The 1975’s Matty Healy for her new single, ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’.
The song accompanies the announcement of her second EP, The Walls Are Way Too Thin, which arrives on November 5th. The moody new single catches Humberstone in a moment of despair. She heart-wrenchingly sings, “I heard her on the phone, when you said ‘I’m having a cigarette’, And I know I’m only young, but I’m not a fucking idiot, And even if it’s all just a waste of my breath, For five minutes, can we, please, just talk before you jet?”
The 1975 singer Matty Healy provides backup vocals on the track, which he wrote alongside Humberstone, and the production of ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’ sounds identical to his band. The track isn’t reinventing the wheel, and the influence of Bon Iver is still rumbling on as everyone continues to replicate his textured sound.
After all, Justin Vernon has carved out a delectable, layered sound, which has had a pioneering effect, and it suits Humberstone well. It just doesn’t feel completely fresh.
“The song is about wanting someone to stay so badly, even if only for five more minutes, because you know how much it’ll hurt when they leave,” she explains in a statement. “I think the desperation in the words really sums up how I was feeling at the time and how so many people must’ve been feeling last year when we were all completely starved of human connection!
“I often write songs with a bit of a visual in my head, and I kept picturing solitary places, like drifting far out to sea, so far that you can’t find a way back, or old deserted cargo shipping yards with all the lights at the edge of the city.”
Commenting on the EP, she adds: “This EP represents a feeling of being lost. It’s the kind of lost that makes you question who you are and where you belong. So lost that someone might need to find you again because you can’t find yourself. That’s how it felt to move to Liverpool, then London, and be in transit between cities and never settling.”
The Walls Are Way Too Thin is shaping up to be an intriguing proposition following her stellar debut effort last year and throughout six tracks Humberstone to show the full breadth of her originality.