It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Freya Ridings, whose 2018 “Lost Without You” propelled her to the top of the charts and earned her over 200 million streams to date. The starlet quickly achieved rising artist status, but she didn’t stop there. A year later, she has returned with a self-titled debut album whose poise, poignance, and well-roundedness reveals Ridings as a dynamic vocalist and songwriter well beyond her years.
Adorned with soft, complex, and haunting piano melodies accompanied by low, sweeping vocals, the new LP is a carefully-crafted masterpiece evocative of Adele’s 21. The collection opens with “Poison,” an ode to that love who you know is going to destroy you. Ridings’ husky voice croons, “I need your love like/ Vampires crave blood/ And I know, it’s never enough,” as she surrenders to the pitfalls of love’s blindness. Her career-making single “Lost Without You” occupies the second slot on the album, followed by her recent 2019 single “Castles” (check out our take on the new “Castles” music video here.) Later, on the LP’s final track, she wishes on a sunrise, a birthday candle, and a “Wishbone” to be reunited with a love who seems to be long gone.
The release of the highly-anticipated debut album, which was written exclusively by Ridings herself, is complemented by a long list of UK tour dates as well as the announcement of a North American tour with Hozier. Ridings is only starting her reign as queen of singer-songwriter pop with her exquisite new release. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for her next step towards musical world domination.