Mabel has released surprise new Christmas song ‘Loneliest Time Of Year’, which is available now on Polydor Records.
This caps off a nonetheless incredible year for the 23-year-old. ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ is the biggest selling single of the year by a UK female artist (with ‘Mad Love’ also in the annual top 10), having surpassed one million sales and her debut album, High Expectations, also charted at #3.
‘Loneliest Time Of The Year’ has the warm feel of a classic Christmas song, but – from its “sorry I’m not so merry / but I feel like this yearly” opening – one graced with Mabel’s trademark, brutally honest twist.
Listen to ‘Loneliest Time Of The Year’ by Mabel on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.
Wrapping twinkling R&B and gospel melodies up with Mabel’s richly soulful voice, the track takes a lifelong love of Destiny’s Child’s ‘8 Days Of Christmas’ and pairs it with a raw emotive lyric for those who find the holiday season far from the most wonderful time of the year.
Whether tackling a toxic breakup (‘Don’t Call Me Up’), experiences of depression and
anxiety – ‘OK (Anxiety Anthem)’ – or the harsh realities of Christmas, Mabel has emerged as a songwriter able to draw power in times of vulnerability.
It’s this candid but positive outlook that makes her one of the UK’s most refreshing young role models – after all, as she sings on ‘Loneliest Time Of The Year’, it “can’t just be me feeling like this” – and the perfect, knowingly-imperfect modern pop star.