London singer-songwriter Freya Ridings isn't afraid to go her own way, whether this entails slowly sharing a few singles to get interest mounting or releasing a live record earlier this year so quickly in her career. Whatever the fevered reasoning behind her action,s they've allowed her to grow her fanbase without restriction, building a following who've become infatuated with her crystalline voice and penchant for gossamer melodies. Her journey began with a haunting cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps," a song she transformed into a ghostly rumination on love and consequence.
She first found her voice when she was quite young, at a time in school when isolation and shyness threatened to override her direction in life. An invitation to an open-mic spurred her interest in performing, and she's been working toward a musical future ever since. With the release of "Live At Omeara" in March of this year, she discovered a kind of euphoric energy within the walls of Omeara in London. But she's continued to release music sporadically (including a prior live session at London's St. Pancreas Old Church), allowing her growth as an artist to develop organically rather than forcing some ill-fitting atmosphere to unduly influence her career.
Ridings best encapsulates her pained experiences and heartfelt narratives with "Lost Without You," a song which documents a personal decision which she has come to regret as the years have passed. The song's delicate but resistant piano lines echo and shake inside your bones, creating a feeling of intense emotionality housed with a series of aching memories. There seems to be an infinite space surrounding Ridings as her voice carries off into some great void that's around her.
According to Ridings, "'Lost Without You' is about acting stronger than you actually are and not knowing until too late." A resounding vulnerability seeps into small detail of the song, but there's also a resilience deep within its depths, a mounting desire to push back against this feeling of helplessness. There may be pain and heartache here, but there's also a need to rise above that hurt and pull yourself toward the future, even when you have no clue what that future may hold.