If any struggling band wants tips on how to get their music heard, develop a fan base and sell out shows, Gabrielle Aplin is probably someone to talk to for advice. For Aplin has carved herself a route through the multitude of in-waiting singer songwriters and acoustic troubadours to a major label deal. She’s done this through a very active You Tube channel (11,000,000 views and counting), support of BBC Introducing, a smattering of blog support (including from Breaking More Waves), a very real twitter account and 3 self-released EP’s that have sold exceptionally well (60,000 copies). But the most important piece of advice we’d like to think that Gabrielle would dispense is this: Write great songs, have immense talent.
Please Don’t Say You Love Me is her debut single for her new found label home of Parlophone. It’s an accomplished and incredibly pretty song with sincerely honest lyrics; those three magic words of “I love you,” can sometimes change relationships in all sorts of ways. The song can be interpreted as Aplin singing to her boyfriend but it could also be interpreted from the point of view of someone having an affair, either way it deals in a very openly with the often complex subject of commitment and the difficulty of comprehending the future when things seem wonderful now. Hats off to Parlophone as well, who don't seem to have tried to influence Aplin's musical style at all, leaving her to have control creatively. You can pre-order Aplin's single here.
Gabrielle Aplin - Please Don't Say You Love Me (Video)