Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is the highly anticipated debut album from Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. The album dropped today. It features the viral sensation “Bruises” and the mega hit “Someone You Love”.

The album opens with full force on “Grace“. This track is the perfect opener and introduction for the record. The mid-tempo pop-rock track shows off Lewis’ vocals with just a bit of rasp and lets the listener know that this album is one of heartbreak, love, loss, anxiety … All of the feelings that are tough to sit in. “Bruises” is a melodic piano driven ballad. That allows for Lewis’ vocals to be front and center. The ticking clocks usher in “Hold Me While You Wait” which is his current single and focuses on the anxieties of being in limbo in a relationship. The softness and beauty highlighted in the piano and melody on “Someone You Loved” set against the fraught vocal achieves it desired effect. The album picks up the pace again on “Maybe” and “Lost On You” with Lewis changing up his vocal delivery somewhat and electric guitar being the focus on these songs. “Forever” takes inspiration from Doo-Wop elements and is one of the highlights from the record for me. “One” and “Hollywood” falter a bit, being sleepy amongst the other gems on this record. Although Lewis gets back on track with “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Fade“, the two most soulful and R&B inspired tracks on the album. The vocals on both matching that style as well. “Headspace” is the perfect close out song encapsulating the sound, feel, and vibe of what is “Devinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.

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Lewis Capaldi delivers a heart-rendering new single, “Hold Me While You Wait”

Singer-Songwriter Lewis Capaldi is back with another beautifully delivered heartbreak ballad. “Hold Me While You Wait” which is off his upcoming debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” uniquely captures the aching realization that the one you love is still waiting for someone else to appear. Lewis’ vocals are strong and haunting on the track fully tearing into the emotion that is this song.

“‘Hold Me While You Wait’ is a song I wrote about the uncertainty of being in a relationship when your partner isn’t sure what they want. There’s an impending hopelessness to the whole thing, on both sides, when they’re not sure whether they want to be in that relationship or not, for me it’s one of the most desperate places you can find yourself in.” Lewis says of the track.

Following the major success of his current single Someone You Loved which has amassed over 300 million plays and topped the charts in both Ireland and Scotland. Lewis is headed out on a U.S. tour in June. His debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” which recorded in London, NYC and Los Angeles will be released on May 17th. To learn more on Lewis Capaldi, stream “Hold Me While You Wait”, and to pre-order his debut. Look no further than below.

Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet
Photo credit: Alexandra Gavillet

Stream “Hold Me While You Wait”: https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/HoldMeWhileYouWait

Pre-Order “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent”: https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/lcdutahe

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Alternative R&B singer-songwriter, BANKS has made her return to music with the single “Gimme”. The song is BANKS first major release since 2017’s “Underdog”. BANKS co-wrote the song with Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean, HAIM) as well as co-produced it with Hudson Mohawke (Kanye West, Drake) & BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Francis, and the Lights).

“‘Gimme’ is a song about getting what you want. It’s about knowing what you deserve, saying it out loud, and demanding it with no apologies. I’m ready to release this into the world and begin a new chapter,” says Banks.

“‘Gimme” is a sexy, dark, and hypnotic Electro-R&B number. Taking lead from the get-go BANKS assured vocal delivery throughout the track feature some of her most powerfully fierce lyrics yet. “‘Gimme” is the perfect comeback track, with BANKS giving us a first taste of what’s to come from her this year. As 2019 is also when she is expected to release her next album since 2016’s The Altar. You can listen to the new BANKS track below.

Stream BANKS // “Gimme” – https://hernameisbanks.lnk.to/gimmePR

Watch the visualizer here: https://hernameisbanks.lnk.to/GimmeVisualizerPR

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KIANJA is the latest signing to the Best Laid Plans record label. Her latest single “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a fantastic second offering, showing major promise from this young talent. The song oozes heartache that is reminiscent of artists older than she. As KIANJA vocals dance about the track with what seems like such an ease, the emotion she evokes is clear and evident. It is a love song but one of heartbreak, of letting go even when you don’t want to making the track bittersweet. KIANJA is a rising talent that’s a must listen, so to learn more about her and to stream her new track “I Can’t Make You Love Me” look no further than below.

Stream KIANJA // “I Can’t Make You Love Me” here: https://awal.lnk.to/ICantMakeYouLoveMe

KIANJA // Socials:

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/kianjamusic

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kianjamusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kianjamusic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kianjamusic

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Maya B is the Los Angeles based R&B singer and songwriter recently signed to Capitol Records

I chatted with Maya B about her latest single “Dollar to a Diamond“, music, touring, and even her favorite children’s book …

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Red Vines or Twizzlers?

MAYA B: Red vines. I have them in every green room.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: For my readers at The Reclusive Blogger can you us how you got started as singer and songwriter? Who and what inspired you to take that journey?

MAYA B: I’ve been writing and singing ever since I can remember honestly. I fell in love with music when I was 5 and started making music when I was around 7. What made me get into music was my mom putting my sisters and I into a girl group. As time went by I started taking it very seriously.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let’s talk about your current single “Dollar To A Diamond”. Can you tell me more about the creative and writing process behind it?

MAYA B: Yeah, so Hydrate (upcoming producer) and Soulshock made this track one night together and played it for me the next day. I fell in love with it and started writing. I wrote and we recorded “Dollar To A Diamond” in a single day.

DOLLAR TO A DIAMOND

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You not only also express yourself as an singer-songwriter but in other art forms as well. What’s a typical creative process like for you?

MAYA B: I don’t have a creative process set in stone honestly. It’s ever-changing because I hate structure haha. The only thing that’s inevitable when I create is: I like looking at photos or colors when I write a song. I like listening to music when I paint or draw.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Since you are currently on tour. What are three must have items for you?

MAYA B: My beats headphones because I’m an antisocial fuck. My iPad because I draw my digital art on there. And my lucky pants because lucky pants are a must.

TRB: Switching gears now … What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?

MAYA B: No David, No’ for sure!

TRB: Are there any artists that have been “On Repeat” for you guys as a band lately? What music have you been digging?

MAYA B: We’ve been jamming to Juice WRLD and we all really love jazz so the guys recently put me on to Gretchen Parlato. I’ve been listening to a lot of XXTENTACION, King Krule, Brigitte Fontaine, and Celebration.

TRB: And what’s next for you, Maya B?

MAYA B: I’m gearing up to release my EP. I’m super excited for everyone to see some different sides of me. I’m also getting ready to drop the “Dollar to a diamond” video.

TRB: Anything else you would like to add? Thank you for your time!

MAYA B: Thank you

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MAYA B // SOCIALS

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THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: CD or Vinyl?

CUBBI: Digital streaming

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you tell us how you got started as singer and songwriter? Was that something you always wanted to do?

CUBBI: Yeah I guess it’s just been something I’ve always done. In high school I spent the majority of my time writing songs after school. I would even bunk math class and just hide out with my guitar writing songs.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can talk a bit about the backstory and songwriting process behind your two latest singles, “White Lies, Like Flies” and “Buzzkill”?

CUBBI: I wrote WLLF with my looping station. First came the chord progression which I had playing over and over again and about 20 minutes later I had the whole songwriting was done. I was inspired by James Blake’s vocal productions so I added some interesting vocal layers and the song was created. Buzzkill was a collaborative effort between myself and Robokid. I had the vague idea of the song I wanted us to work on in our session before hand as I had written a couple of lines and melody already and felt like it could turn into something cool in the right hands. I played him some of my other music and we chatted about the song and how I wanted it to be minimal and driven by the procussion. I really love how we did a tempo change going into the bridge section, it really drives the song.

TRB: Where do you normally draw inspiration from as artist, producer and musician?

CUBBI: I draw mainly inspiration from relationships, platonic and romantic. And also the relationship I have with myself.

TRB: How has your South African roots influenced your songwriting and your artistry?

CUBBI: Mainly in the production of my music. It might be hard to hear unless you are familiar with music from here. A bunch of my drum patterns are influenced by the gom scene here.

TRB: Do you have a dream music collaboration?

CUBBI: I would love to do anything musically with Tracy Chapman or Fiona Apple. Two of the greatest songwriters ever.

TRB: I’m going to throw in a fun one here … What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?

CUBBI: I’m going to have to pick the Chronicles of Narnia, but the tapes not the books. We used to go on long road trips as a family when we were on school holiday and my parents would play the tapes in the car.

TRB: What music have you been listening to lately? What has been “On Repeat” for you?

CUBBI: The 1975’s new record is bliss. Love It If We Made It, as a song, is a masterpiece.

TRB: And what’s next for you Cubbi?

CUBBI: That’s the question. Shows and shows and touring and shows and music videos and finishing up the next record. Exciting times ahead, I’m looking forward to it.

TRB: Anything else you would like to add? Thank you for your time! 🙂

CUBBI: Hey thank you guys! Check me out on spotify, and follow me on instagram @cubculture_ for updates on live shows and new releases.

Until then,
Brittney x