Released on Nov. 3, Delilah Holliday‘s Invaluable Vol. 2 follows her recent EP with a narrative of personal growth and authenticity. The North London artist’s work, including the lead single “Long Time Coming,” boasts a combination of soaring pop hooks with a message of self-reliance and emotional stability. It depicts an introspective journey against the chaos of external pressures, reinforcing her commitment to self-belief and artistic expression.
The seven-track EP navigates a reflective path from caution to clarity. Delilah characterizes the early songs as downtempo, setting the stage for the listener’s expedition toward self-awareness. She explains, “The second part is like the wild ride, and then you start going downhill. And it screeches to a stop when you remember who you are again.” As the project progresses, it mimics the phases of a night out, culminating in a reconnection with one’s identity.
Meanwhile, Delilah’s lyrics confront class and societal issues, guiding listeners through her environment of introspection and realization. The continuity of identity and roots from one EP to the next is evident. Regarding the standout cut “1000 Transformations,” the songstress shares, “I don’t believe we can pigeonhole our enduring characteristics and behaviors and a person’s unique adjustment to life, similarly to Invaluable Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, how it is almost sonically genre-less in my opinion. I hope whoever hears this song can reminisce about all the versions of themselves that have made up their unique path.
Ahead, Delilah Holliday talked with us about her songwriting process, style, and touring, among other topics. Check it out below.
Hey Delilah! Congratulations on Invaluable Vol. 2 — what are you most excited about when putting out this project?
I’m so excited to be working with my label, One Little Independent. It’s our first release together, I feel honored and blessed to be on this journey with them. It is my first release of a physical product, which blows me away every time I see it. I can’t wait to keep going on this path with them. Let’s see what this journey holds.
What was the biggest change you made to the EP during the writing process?
The title of “Drugs, Again?” was going to be called “Bad B**ch” right up until we handed it in. We felt “Drugs, Again?” was more relevant to the song, even though I felt like a bad bitch writing it.
“Hesitate” and “On My Own Wave” are two of my favorite previously unheard tracks. Can you tell us more about those?
Hesitate took place over a single studio session. It happened so naturally with me and my producer Raphel. We’re as On My Own Wave has had hundreds of different versions, and I spent a few years working on it. The song transformed from a cheesy pop song to an empowering, atmospheric ballad. Although it might not stay that way.
Music-aside, this project has been quite visual-heavy, from your wardrobe to the creative direction. How would you describe your style, and what are you wearing these days?
I’m very influenced by ethereal beings, painting, goddesses, and nature. But that’s what I’m feeling today. I try not to put pressure on myself to define my style because it’s always changing.
What advice do you wish you had growing up that you carry with you now?
Everything is temporary. Enjoy every moment, and know you’ll never get those moments back.
Next month, you’ll be joining Georgia on tour. Which songs do you think will resonate with fans the most when performed live?
I feel I can’t be 100% sure as I’ll be playing a lot of these songs for the first time. I have performed “Long Time Coming” and “Liquid Pearl” once and it seemed to go down well, but I’m really interested to see people’s reactions to “Drugs, Again?”