“Someone you Loved”: Listening to Lewis Capaldi
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By Celia Balderston
Released for download and purchase on Oct. 8, 2018, Lewis Capaldi released a new single titled “Someone you loved”. Although it was released over a year ago, this single has climbed to the top of the charts and now resides at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart. It has been on the “Hot 100” chart for the past 27 weeks.
Lewis Capaldi, a Scottish singer/songwriter born on Oct. 7, 1996, started practicing and playing music at the age of 2-years-old. He began his career by composing and uploading music to SoundCloud, the streaming service, for several years, until his manager, Ryan Walter, came along. Capaldi continuously churned out music and his work eventually paid off. In November of 2017, he started to star as the opening act for different bands and artists, such as Rag’n’Bone Man, Milky Chance, Niall Horan, Sam Smith, and Kodaline. In the past year, Capaldi has gained recognition through being named as one of the acts in BBC Radio’s “Brit List”. Due to the high-rise of attention Capaldi gained, he was invited and performed at the festivals Lolapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Osheaga, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Rize, and TRNSMT.
Since the beginning of 2017, Lewis Capaldi has been releasing music through the recording labels Virgin EMI Records and Capitol Records. Capaldi’s second single, “Somone you loved”, is the song that the artist is most well-known for. The single itself is a break-up song through-and-through. By listening to this song in its entirety, the listener can feel and understand the heartbreak and sadness Capaldi is going through. According to Billboard, this song is based on an actual break-up that he experienced around the time the song was composed. The song starts with a desperate and melancholic tone as Capaldi paints the picture of pain and lost trust. He explains that he was devoted and thought he was loved, but was cast aside. The song stays in this tone as Capaldi describes how he is hurting and is going to continue working through the pain until it subsides.
It takes an emotional and talented artist to convey strong feelings through the song. If you are feeling down or want to listen to a song about struggle, heartbreak, pain, and hope for moving past that in the future, this song is for you. I highly recommend giving Lewis Capaldi, a very talented artist’s, song “Someone you loved” a listen.