Not many can capture intense emotion within two minutes and 13 seconds, but 21-year-old Holly Humberstone manages to in her new single ‘Haunted House’ which was released on April 6th by Polydor Records. The Grantham native rose to fame in 2019 when she appeared on the BBC introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival, which led to her joining Lewis Capaldi on tour at the start of 2020. Her debut EP, ‘Falling Asleep at the Wheel’ was released last year, and her upcoming EP ‘Emotional Grim Reaper’ will feature her the new single.
‘Haunted House’ begins with a slow acoustic sound, Humberstone delivers delicate vocals with a piano as the only instrument in the background. The song, written by Humberstone along with Rob Milton and Sarah Aarons, pays tribute to her childhood home, “they say this house is haunted, but all these ghosts I’ve grown with” is sung at the beginning of the track. She manages to deliver a familiar sadness as she portrays the things we all forget about as we grow up. You would never think a house could invoke such melancholy but as Humberstone conveys throughout the song, it’s the place where her childhood took place and her first memories were made, which serves as a poignant reminder of how fast life can pass by.
The song also delivers a strange sense of comfort as she reflects on her first home. She also pays ode to her family who made the house a memorable home, “bringing up four daughters, made a house a fortress.” As the song progresses, she reflects on the sadness that comes with growing up and moving out, “can’t believe we’re turning off the light.”
As the song comes close to ending, it comes alive and more electric, Humberstone delivers similar vibes to ‘Drivers Licence’ by Olivia Rodrigo and ‘Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish, which makes us wonder, is this style the future of pop? If so, we have so much to look forward to. Humberstone’s upcoming EP, which will feature a track she collaborated on with Matty Healy of The 1975, is one to keep note of if all the songs are to be as beautifully delicate as ‘Haunted House’.
Words: Shannon Milmine