Indigo Eyes – The Walls Are Way Too Thin (Holly Humberstone Cover)

Marking one of the rare occasions in which he lends his own vocals to a song, Indigo Eyes is back today with a reworking of Holly Humberstone’s ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ that sees him completely transform the indie-pop gem.

“I never thought I’d cover someone else’s song, especially since I’ve been solely a producer and haven’t ventured into singing before. However, I was completely in awe when I heard the original from Holly, the song resonated with me hugely and I became obsessed with how personal the lyrics felt. I wanted to recreate the track in my own style, with a kind of late night, comforting feel to it. It started out as a bit of an experiment over a few days, where I tried out using my own voice over this warm, soft production, as it’s something I’d never done before, but became something I really loved. This sound marks a new kind of direction for my music, one which you’ll be hearing a lot of over the next few months.”

Indigo Eyes | Holly Humberstone

Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin

Holly Humberstone’s new single ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ was written during an intense period of feeling claustrophobic and lost in a new flat, in a new city, and far away from home. This is a gorgeously dark and broody take on indie-pop which is both captivating and emotive.

“I wrote ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ about a time in my life when I felt like I’d lost control of where I was heading and struggling to find my place in the world. I’d just moved to a small London flat and felt claustrophobic and alone. To avoid confronting how I was feeling I’d sneak out the flat and go on train journeys to see my mates, get drunk, then come back hungover through the night and early hours. I wrote most of the Walls and the songs that come next on those trains. It was my place of therapy, in the middle of nowhere, constantly moving with no destination.” 

Holly Humberstone

Pa Salieu wins the BBC Sound of 2021

Pa Salieu has been announced as the winner for 2021’s edition of BBC’s Sound of poll; one of the most reliable predictors of emerging talent to hit the mainstream over the coming year.

The shortlist also featured:

2nd place – Holly Humberstone – first featured on Alfitude in August 2020

3rd place – Berwyn – first featured August 2020

4th place – Greentea Peng – first featured August 2018

5th place – Griff – first featured July 2019

BBC Sound of 2021 poll

BBC Sound of 2021 announced

What a year it’s been… But through all the horrible peaks that everyone’s experienced, the output of music has remained as strong as ever.

With that said, this year’s long list for BBC Sound of 2021 is a solid reflection of just how much talent has emerged recently.

As usual, I’m glad to see that I managed to catch some of the artists while they were still emerging…

The winner will be announced in January 2021 on BBC News and BBC Radio 1.

Holly Humberstone – Drop Dead

“I wrote ‘Drop Dead’ about a troubled & manipulative relationship that despite how bad it is, you can’t get out, because love can often be blinding. I think a lot of people have been through something where you’re with someone that was no good and for some reason all they have to do is look at you and you go straight back.”

Holly Humberstone