It’s a bit counterintuitive—sometimes, the most detailed songs are also the most relatable. Because they chronicle such a specific journey, listeners can relate more profoundly as opposed to a general conception of said emotion. In particular, Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi excels at transforming deeply personal experiences into universal ones through his music. It comes as no surprise that the 21-year-old singer’s debut single, “Bruises,” has over 23 million streams on Spotify, earning him a nomination for a Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Scottish Music Awards. Following this success, Capaldi recently released his third single, “Fade,” a bittersweet and moving song that will appear on his debut EP, Bloom.
“Fade” was co-written between Capaldi and Malay (Frank Ocean, Sam Smith, Zayn Malik), who also produced the track. The minimal, acoustic production emphasizes Capaldi’s gritty and powerful voice. It opens with just piano and his reverb-laced vocals. The soul behind his vocals builds up emotion through the chorus and and breaks through the introduction of percussion in the second verse. The track is both painful and beautiful; “Guess that I’m a fool for the way that you caught me/Girl, you make my heart break more every day,” Capaldi sings in the chorus. In spite of the hurt, he asks her, “Don’t fade away.” Ultimately, Capaldi admits in the outro, “To tell the truth, I can’t believe we got this far/So don’t fade away.”
“Fade” will appear on Capaldi’s upcoming debut EP, Bloom, along with his previously released singles, “Lost On You” and “Bruises.” The EP will be released by Capitol Records on Oct. 20. With only three released singles, Capaldi is already on a UK tour (with sold out shows, might we add). For all of us here, Capaldi will be on tour in the U.S. and Canada with Milky Chance starting in January. Get your tickets to hear him live and keep an eye out for Bloom out on Oct. 20.
In the meantime, stream “Fade” below: