SINGLE REVIEW: Holly Humberstone – Please Don’t Leave Just Yet

British rising star Holly Humberstone has been creating introspective tracks of deep reflection that have been immediately connecting on a universal level since the release of ‘Deep End’ and ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ early last year. The singer-songwriter will be releasing her highly anticipated sophomore EP ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ on November 5 and it promises to be a deeply personal collection with a mature growth. 

To coincide with the announcement, she’s also dropped her new single ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’ which was co-written and co-produced by The 1975 frontman Matty Healy. This intimate track follows in the footsteps of her previous material by beginning with a keys meets experimental light pop production. With vocoder layering her vocals with additional backing vocals by Healy, there is a distinct The 1975 influence shinning through when the pulsating synths kick in during the chorus. With a contrast of highs and lows, this song harbours the feeling of desperateness in holding on so beautifully. 

Exploring the end of a relationship where you know you need to say goodbye to the person that means the most to you, you instinctively just want to hold on, even if it’s just for 5 more minutes. None of us ever want it to be over completely, and sometimes it’s really hard to follow through with what you know is the right thing to do. “I don’t wanna need your love, your love, anymore, like I used to. I just do, I just do” she honestly sings during the chorus before later admitting “Maybe, I’ll find a piece of you in someone else’s bed. Maybe, in the next life, there’s some other time when I’m less obsessed”

This song is a therapeutic look at letting go. It’s also a reminder that it’s okay and normal to want to hold on for a little bit longer when saying goodbye. We aren’t meant to be strong all the time, and it’s alright to admit that sometimes you need that other person next to you to feel a little bit more whole even though you know it has come to an end.