One of the UK’s biggest international breakthrough artists Freya Ridings’ returned last month with her single ‘Weekends’, which lived up to expectations. ‘Weekends’
Freya today adds to the anticipation for the May 5th release of her ‘Blood Orange’ album by sharing the new song ‘Face In The Crowd’. LISTEN HERE.
Born from personal experience, ‘Face In The Crowd’ is a heartfelt confession in which Freya bares her soul, the rich timbre of her voice overflowing with loss and heartbreak. She highlights ‘Face In The Crowd’ as one of the closest songs to her heart from ‘Blood Orange’. Not only because her emotion is so palpable in its performance, but also because of its background. It was the first song she had written alone on piano since her breakthrough hit ‘Lost Without You’, and fans consistently championed the song as one of her best during her lockdown livestream series, where Freya showcased new songs during a series of Instagram livestreams in the heart of the pandemic . It was produced by her partner Ewan J. Phillips.
Freya says, “‘Face In The Crowd’ is a completely true story about when you’re going through a break-up and you realise you’ve made a big mistake. You become obsessed and start scanning every crowd that you pass for their face. You want that person to think you’ve moved on, but you just haven’t. There’s a lot of regret in that song, and a lot of owning up too: what did I do that led to this? It’s a song I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share with people.”
Freya will continue to put the upcoming ‘Blood Orange’ album in the spotlight with extensive TV and radio promo in the coming weeks. Upcoming highlights include a performance of ‘Weekends’ on The Graham Norton Show and a guest appearance on James Martin’s Saturday Morning, both in April.
‘Face In The Crowd’ and ‘Weekends’ provide an insight into the revelatory wonders of the ‘Blood Orange’ album, a collection in which Freya made herself say the things she didn’t want to say. The result is an album that speaks to everything she is, and has been through, and has become. It’s all of her, in fourteen life-affirming songs. After all the challenges comes joy – and love. A journey from the bitter into the sweet.
‘Blood Orange’ is now available to pre-order / pre-save HERE. As well as a selection of signed physical formats, Freya’s official store also offers the exclusive ‘Live From Sleeper Sounds’ EP on CD.
Freya Ridings’ live plans for 2023 are taking shape, with festival dates already confirmed at Tunes In the Dunes (May 14th) and Hardwick Festival (August 19th). Expect details of further shows to be unveiled soon.