Holly Humberstone has released her new single and video Scarlett ahead of a UK tour which includes a Manchester gig at YES.
One of the fastest rising artists around, Holly Humberstone has recently headlined four sold-out Omeara shows, performed and Reading & Leeds Festival and All Points East and been garnering critical and fan praise.
Scarlett features on Holly Humberstone’s second EP The Walls Are Way Too Thin.
New Single Scarlett has been produced by long-time collaborator Rob Milton and was written for her best friend Scarlett about a toxic relationship.
Speaking about Scarlett, Holly Humberstone said, “This track is my absolute favourite. It’s a fuck you to the guy that was going out with my closest friend Scarlett and it was written as they were breaking up. The relationship was totally one sided and lasted for years. Scarlett was all in and had pretty much planned their future and it was pretty clear to me that he was stringing her along, until he broke up with her in a really insensitive and heartless way. I was her closest confidant and so I knew everything she was feeling, and I’d see how passive he was with her at parties first hand. She vented to me for probably about a year and so I went through all the stages of a break up with her and watched as she slowly realised her worth and that he wasn’t worth her tears anymore. I wanted to write this one from her point of view. It’s a pretty positive song as it’s about her finally letting go, realising his many faults and taking back her life.
“Sonically and lyrically, Scarlett breaks away from the rest of the EP and in so many ways it feels like such a release,” adds Holly. “It was really important to me that the music video felt really empowering and a reminder that you can shake off anything rubbish going on in your life and be in control of your own destiny. Obviously the song is about Scarlett so she had to be in the video – especially after being named an ‘emotional grim reaper’ lol. The two of us break into an airport hanger, steal and spray paint an arctic truck, then I perform on the back of it as Scar drives it down the runway. It was honestly the most fun.”
The Ivor Novello Rising Star nominated Holly Humberstone will release The Walls Are Way Too Thin on 5 November. The six-track EP includes the title track, Haunted House, Please Don’t Leave Just Yet (a collaboration with The 1975’s Matty Healy), Thursday, Scarlett and Friendly Fire.
When does Holly Humberstone headline at YES?
Holly Humberstone headlines at YES on 28 October 2021. The Manchester gig is one of 10 UK and Ireland dates:
26 October – Newcastle upon Tyne, The Cluny
27 October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
28 October – Manchester, YES
30 October – Dublin, Whelan’s
31 October – Belfast, Oh Yeah
2 November – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
3 November – Birmingham, O2 Institute 3
4 November – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
8 November – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10 November – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
image of Holly Humberstone courtesy Phoebe Fox