Holly Humberstone’s Radiant “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” Reckons with Turmoil & Disarray

Holly Humberstone © Jordan Curtis-Hughes
Holly Humberstone © Jordan Curtis-Hughes
Inner turmoil and emotional disarray bubble to the surface on Holly Humberstone’s radiant new single “The Walls Are Way Too Thin,” shining with turbulent energy as the artist reckons in a cell of her own making.
“The Walls Are Way Too Thin” – Holly Humberstone




How come it rains inside, the house is full but I’m alone with all the shit that still needs fixing, out of my control. It takes a hold of me…

Inner turmoil and emotional disarray bubble to the surface on Holly Humberstone’s radiant new single, shining with turbulent energy as the artist reckons in a cell of her own making.

An intimate and intense confrontation with the self, “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” marries Humberstone’s charismatic dark pop with deep emotional layers of self-exploration and discovery. It’s a coming-of-age reclamation of the self, an impassioned act of resistance and defiance, and an intoxicatingly catchy song we’ll be playing on repeat all summer long.

The Walls Are Way Too Thin - Holly Humberstone
The Walls Are Way Too Thin – Holly Humberstone
I heard you talking till the morning
heavy whispers from the next room
You say it’s never your intention
and I’m just in a bad mood
There was a possible connection
On the table for a second
Then she made such an entrance
Can’t stand all this tension can you?
Then we crossed paths by the bathroom
But I’d just rather be out of the picture
And I’ll do my upmost to talk to you
But I just want to be out
I just want to be out of the picture

Released May 19, 2021 via Darkroom, Interscope and Polydor Records, “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” is the second single off Holly Humberstone’s hotly-anticipated sophomore EP. Precipitated by her vulnerable lead single “Haunted House” – in which the British artist-to-watch wove a poignant and spellbinding ode to her childhood home and lost loved ones – “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” arrives in a moment of drama, as Humberstone tells a story of romance, intimacy, missed connections, and disappearing into the darkness rather than find the energy to fight. She raises her voice, drawing from a wellspring fantastic feeling in a resounding chorus of conviction and strength:

And no I’m
not just gonna lay here and bite my tongue
I only wanna be here when she’s gone
ooooooooo
The walls are way too thin
Oh I get down
I get down when she gets you high
I’m bored, I’m ignored, I’m being out my mind
ooooooooo
The walls are way too thin
The walls are way too thin
Holly Humberstone © Jordan Curtis-Hughes
Holly Humberstone © Jordan Curtis-Hughes

For Humberstone, this song comes out of a time of residual tension and strife. These are the kind of growing pains that make you stronger at the end of the day, but it sure doesn’t feel like it when you’re living in the moment day-to-day.

“I wrote ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ about a time in my life when I felt like I’d lost control of where I was heading and struggling to find my place in the world,” the artist tells Atwood Magazine. “I’d just moved to a small London flat and felt claustrophobic and alone. To avoid confronting how I was feeling I’d sneak out the flat and go on train journeys to see my mates, get drunk, then come back hungover through the night and early hours.”

“I wrote most of ‘The Walls’ and the songs that come next on those trains. It was my place of therapy, in the middle of nowhere, constantly moving with no destination.”

You’re blowing smoke rings in the corridors I feel so cold
How come it rains inside, the house is full but I’m alone
With all the shit that still needs fixing out of my control
It takes a hold of me
It takes a hold of me
The same old sad songs I cling to
Cause I just wanna be out
I just wanna be out of the picture

Holly Humberstone has once again set herself apart from the pack with “The Walls Are Way Too Thin,” asserting her burgeoning songwriting talent through evocative lyrics and a stunning emotional display that haunts whatever room it’s in. A truly singular artist fast on the rise, she promises to continue enchanting listeners on her forthcoming new EP – her first on a major label.

“This EP represents a feeling of being lost,” she explains. “It’s the kind of lost that makes you question who you are and where you belong. So lost that someone might need to find you again because you can’t find yourself. That’s how it felt to move to Liverpool, then London, and be in transit between cities and never settling”.

Whether you too are lost, or fighting to remain in control, Holly Humberstone will connect with someone deep down inside. Stream “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” and give in to that poignant, personal surrender.

And no I’m
not just gonna lay here and bite my tongue
I only wanna be here when she’s gone
ooooooooo
The walls are way too thin
Oh I get down
I get down when she gets you high
I’m bored, I’m ignored, I’m being out my mind
ooooooooo
The walls are way too thin
The walls are way too thin

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