Opening up the new decade, alt-pop rising star Hedara continues her rich vein of electronica-tinged pop with her second EP Hurts, which comes on the back of an exciting debut year for the artist. The new EP explores the artists personal experiences through the vehicle of emotive, nuanced alt-pop songwriting.
Pursuing her passion for music from a young age, Hedara (real name Scarlet Billham) graduated from London’s famous BRIT School alongside Freya Ridings and others. She was enjoying a lively start to her music career, performing a number of key shows and festivals, before a near death experience, falling into a diabetic coma caused her to re-assess and re-evaluate her outlook.
Finding her way back into music, she began working with Carey Willetts (Dua Lipa, Freya Ridings, Dermot Kennedy). Together they co-wrote Hedara’s first EP Slow. Scarlet soon sent her music to industry friend Tom Speight, who loved her sound and invited Hedara to join him on his UK tour.
The EP went on to land critical acclaim from Clash Magazine, Earmilk, Adidas X Girls Are Awesome, and Hype Machine, among others, with further support from Spotify via their Fresh Finds playlist, Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2 and Tom Robinson across BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music.
According to Hedara, “Hurts is a self admission about having allowed someone to control a relationship, and the realisation of knowing that it is totally wrong, so you take the hold. It’s about realising you’re done with the excuses. Something worth having shouldn’t hurt and it’s time to walk away”.
Listen to the EP’s title track “Hurts” here: