The January 6th release of Gabrielle Aplin’s new album ‘Phosphorescent’ (Never Fade Records) is almost here, and the build-up has seen the singer-songwriter again earn the attention that her revitalised, life-affirming new songs deserve. Recent tracks including ‘Skylight’, ‘Call Me’ and ‘Never Been The Same’ have seen Gabrielle playlisted at Radio 2 as well as grace the covers of House of Solo and HATC. In tandem, playlist support across all key platforms has continued to push her career streams to date beyond a billion. These have included Fresh & Chill and The Pop List at Spotify, New In Pop and Today’s Pop at Apple, and a YouTube RELEASED package, including a digital billboard display at Holland Park, London.
‘Phosphorescent’ is the strongest representation yet of who Gabrielle Aplin really is – as well as the artist that she is going to be in the years to come. While it’s not a lockdown album, it is the product of the solitude and strangeness that Gabrielle, like so many of us, experienced throughout that time. After moving to Somerset with her partner, the two touring musicians were anchored in a conventional schedule for the first time in forever, while the animals and wildlife that surrounded her new home reinvigorated her mojo. The songs emerged with new-found liberation. There were no external influences from the industry, and she made no firm plans as to what topics she would write about. She had a blank slate.