We are very familiar with the heartfelt, emotion-driven, and often painful journeys love can take us on, in its many amazing forms. But within a world of romance, unrequited love, and breakup songs, one path less travelled is the story that comes before. Lincolnshire-born singer-songwriter, Holly Humberstone drops us right at the start of a narrative we have all experienced in life, a moment fuelled with anticipation, ambiguity, and joy – falling for someone for the first time. In her third release, following the substantial success of singles Deep End and Falling Asleep at the Wheel, Holly now brings us Overkill. Watch the new lyric video to Overkill below.
In her own words:
“Overkill’ captures the thrill, uncertainty, and the many other emotions that come with falling for someone for the first time. I’m very aware I can come across as quite full on and I think sometimes I can be overkill. This is a truthful and personal song that I hope people can relate to.
In a theme continued from her previous singles, Overkill provides us with little introduction and chooses to dive straight into the heart of what the song is about. Humberstone manages to place us immediately in her shoes, in a that way only certain songwriters are able.
Contrary to its title, Overkill doesn’t overcomplicate its message with exaggerated imagery or coded semantics. Instead, it opts for a stronger, punchier statement that seamlessly ties together the complexity of wanting to tell someone how you feel. This approach is amplified within the song’s effortlessly memorable chorus.
One of the most striking elements of Overkill is undeniably Humberstone’s voice, which is both honest and conversational. Her tone, which can be likened to Lorde or Phoebe Bridgers, sits smoothly within a production that balances the warmth of guitar- led music, and darker, more electronic ideas. Produced alongside Rob Milton (Easy Life) in her childhood home, there is no surprise that Overkill takes inspiration from the likes of Damien Rice, Ben Howard, and HAIM. All of which, Humberstone cites as key influences into her musical education.
Holly has also announced her triangle of debut singles (Overkill, Deep End and Falling Asleep at the Wheel), will make up the first three tracks of a six tracklist, debut EP due to be released on August 14th 2020, titled Falling Asleep at the Wheel. To say that this EP is highly anticipated could be an understatement.
In a matter of months, Holly has gained a growing, loyal fanbase and received acclaim from industry critics such as; Billboard and New York Times, as well as fellow artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Niall Horan, and James Bay. The future is extremely bright for Holly Humberstone and if Overkill is a pacemaker for what is to come, we could be looking at one of the UK’s most promising singer/songwriters. Falling Asleep at the Wheel is available to pre-order and pre-save now.