Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Bruises’ EP is now available through digital platforms. The EP includes the original version of the song, a special orchestral version, an acoustic version of the song and a remix by Steve Void. You can check out the orchestral version of ‘Bruises’ below.
‘Bruises’ was the song which first introduced the young Scottish singer-songwriter to a much wider audience, when it was initially released on 31 March 2017. The song quickly amassed close to 28 million plays on Spotify worldwide, making him the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform. Shortly afterwards, Capaldi was signed to Virgin EMI Records and Capitol Records.
Capaldi was nominated for the Brit Critics’ Choice Award for 2019, alongside Mahalia and winner Sam Fender. He opened 2019 with his breakthrough single ‘Someone You Loved’ charting in over 29 countries around the world becoming a hit all over Europe, Asia and Australia. His debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent followed in May which became the best-selling album in the UK in five years, spending five weeks at number one in its first six weeks of release. The album also achieved gold status in the UK only two days after release.
“It was definitely a hard one to sell to the label!” he says of the album title. “But they were ‘cool man, it’s your album, let’s do it’.” Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is a line taken from a song which didn’t make the album, a nod to the often-fraught creative process of delivering his debut, all the accompanying expectations, all the creeping self-doubt, all the striving for his personal best.
“I just want to be as honest as possible,” he explains. “The full line I’d written is ‘Broken by desire to be heavenly sent, divinely uninspired to a hellish extent.’ There were points where I did feel divinely uninspired. It’s about the pursuit of trying to do something good, whether it’s work, relationships or anything else. But that was only small windows. When you push through that, you finally reach something you’re proud of.”
Lewis Capaldi also made history by becoming the first ever artist in global history to both announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album. The shows sold out in one second upon tickets becoming available and will see Capaldi play to over a quarter of a million people at his headline shows in March 2020.
Bruises is out now and can be bought here.