Brimming with soul, that voice played quite the juxtaposition to her much softer – almost nervous – speaking voice, as she got comfortable with her surroundings, delivering a set which combined her own original material which yo-yoed between the sombre and the upbeat: and her own unique covers of tracks by artists including Hozier and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Every now and again an artist comes along whose work makes your stomach flip, their music a roundhouse blow to the compartment of your body marked “Fragile” and “Emotions”. Freya Ridings is one of them. Armed with just a piano, her music would draw tears from a stone, nay, a boulder on the driest, crumbliest patch of rock in the Grand Canyon. The 23-year-old’s combination of youth and talent will certainly make you assess your own achievements so far.

From the moment I heard her voice, I was mesmerized by sincere her music is. It filled me with such emotion. I was instantly reminded of Tori Amos. The piano, the voice… she even has the red hair. Freya Ridings uses a combination of a delicate piano style and vocal application that creates an atmosphere all her own. When she sings, I challenge anyone to NOT stop what they are doing immediately and listen with avid anticipation. Even down to the breath she uses, it all sounds like she carefully considers every aspect of her music. Popdust was very lucky that she came to perform her songs in an intimate setting.

[Verse 1]
Standing on the platform
Watching you go
It’s like no other pain
I’ve ever known
To love someone so much
To have no control
You said I want to see the world
And I said go

[Chorus]
I think I’m lost without you
I just feel crushed without you
I’ve been strong for so long
That I never thought how much I needed you
I think I’m lost without you

[Verse 2]
Strangers rushing past
Just trying to get home
But you were the only
Safehaven that I’ve known
Hits me at full speed
Feel like I can’t breathe
And nobody knows
This pain inside me
My world is crumbling
I should never have
Let you go

 

 

[Chorus]
I think I’m lost without you
I think I’m lost, lost, lost
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I think I’m lost without you, you
I just feel crushed without you
‘Cause I’ve been strong for so long
That I never thought how much I love you

[Outro]
Standing on the platform
Watching you go
You said I wanna see the world
And I said go

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