L Devine is the queen of relatable pop anthems. The Newcastle based musician has already proven to be one of the UK’s best upcoming pop talents in many years, I even got the opportunity to see her perform live a while ago and, as expected, she’s a phenomenal performer. Even during the original lockdown she was paving the way for other pop artists to follow, being one of the first people to pioneer virtual shows with her URL Tour and released the second series of her podcast Growing Pains. She’s a busy woman and whilst all this was going on she was quietly making music in the background, preparing to drop more stellar pop singles that would elevate her talent to new heights. Today we get a small glimpse of the solar flare that is about to light up the UK music scene like a firework in the night with the release of her latest single.
Priorities is happy and sad, fierce and confident but vulnerable and small, seemingly finding joy even when the heart is breaking, finding solace in knowing this frustrating relationship has allowed you to grow as a person. Her authentic storytelling is unrivalled as she elegantly pulls together her emotions in a sad dance bop that grows as it means to go on. Starting off with a pulsating synth bass beat before L Devine’s emotive yet attitude filled vocal arrives as we slowly build to a masterful electronic drop that gives of heavy Robyn Dancing On My Own vibes. L Devine is what I consider the future of pop to be, creating authentic sonic snapshots filled with real emotion that brings you in her mind and become instant supporters of the divine L Devine. Her latest EP Near Life Experience: Part 1 is out Friday, make sure to check it out.
“I had the title ‘Priorities’ in mind for a while. I just wanted to get my frustrations in a relationship out, as I was so maddened that this person wasn’t putting me first, like I was with them. Over time, the song’s meaning has changed for me. Now it makes me think of the journey I’ve been on with myself since I wrote it. I’ve realised all the things I list in the song that this person is prioritising over me, are things I should be doing for myself. I was so fixated on putting my whole self-worth onto this person when really, I just needed to stop and look after myself.”