In the music world three years can be an age or it can be a whirlwind, but for Eliza Doolittle it has certainly been important.
Following her hugely successful 2010 debut London-born Eliza has returned with her follow-up ‘In Your Hands’ and it covers a lot of ground about growing up.
“Between the ages of, say, 21 and 25, there’s so much learning and discovery to do, and the [new] album is about that. Any person my age is going to feel different between those years, let alone if you’ve been doing what I have.
“I’ve learned so much about myself and how I feel about love and life in general - and there’s a huge battle between the pessimistic side of my character and the optimistic side.
“As a result, I’ve shown a lot more of myself on this record, plus I’ve learned so much about the technicalities of actually recording. I’ve learned as a person as well as an artist.”
Doolittle was 22 when her self-titled debut shot straight to Number Three in the charts, and went on to sell more than 700,000 copies around the world.
She quickly won favourable comparisons to Lily Allen and, for that summer at least, her singles ‘Pack Up’ and ‘Skinny Genes’ were inescapable, while the rest of the album soundtracked a proportion of the country’s barbecues. She also travelled the world, several times.
But all was not roses in Doolittle’s world who fled straight from the end of her South American tour to LA to start on her next record.
She explained: “I didn’t want to go home, I just wanted it to carry on going. I’d had my heart broken a little bit too, so I didn’t want to face that. I went to LA to do some writing.”
While her first album was all about being a teenager and first love that doomed romance has given ‘In Your Hands’ a sourer note.
“One of the worst things about being so upset and heartbroken is that, straight away, I think I’ll be able to use it to write a song,” she explains.
“It’s such a horrible feeling, thinking that. And after I’d gotten over that break-up, I had my heart broken again, and went through it all over again. The one thing that gave me strength and made me realise it was going to be OK was being able to write about it.”
Looking to the future, Doolittle is excited by the prospect of touring the world again but has no expectations. “You always aim high, but who knows?” she says. “I remember the week when my first album came out and it went to Number Three and I had no idea how that happened. I didn’t even think anyone knew my music.”