L Devine is set to release her long-awaited debut album, ‘Digital Heartifacts’, on February 2nd, Pre save/pre-order here. She launches the album alongside the new single ‘Laundry Day’, the accompanying visual completes a video trilogy that she created with director Emilio Gamal Boutros and began with her recent singles ‘Push It Down’ and ‘Miscommunikaty’. Those singles have continued her ongoing support at Radio 1, with a Hottest Record premiere courtesy of Clara Amfo as well as Tune of the Week from Greg James.
Ever since she launched, L Devine has always been a pop star to be reckoned with, becoming one of the most rebellious figures in music with her frank and subversive approach. With hook-driven songwriting, L Devine twists expectations, lacquering her songs with staunchly relatable and provocatively witty self-deprecating lyrics. To date, she has earned 100 million+ streams, won the GAY TIMES’ Elevate Emerging Star in Music award, and garnered praise from Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi.
Her rise continues with debut album ‘Digital Heartifacts’, a record that is unafraid to dive into the emotionally gnarlier side of life, but with humour, sharply observant lyrics and the sort of astute songwriting that L Devine has become synonymous with. It’s the sound of an artist embracing her independence, reclaiming her identity and creating the most authentic representation of who she really is.
L Devine says, “Writing ‘Miscommunikaty’ was the moment where I landed on the ‘Digital Heartifacts’ world. There are all these emotions, but they’re stored digitally. I have these little snapshots on my laptop of my life and of the place I was at mentally during the time I made the album. I just find it fascinating that all those emotions are just code on a computer.”
The beautifully simple bedroom pop of ‘Laundry Day’ is arguably one of the most vulnerable moments on the album. It charts being in the midst of a vicious circle: personal anxieties leading to a break-up and in turn leading to a deeper depression. “She’s probably right that there is a line between humility and self-loathing to the point of mental instability.” But within the turmoil, the song ends with the positive realisation that a little self-care is the only way to have a chance to move on.