Inspired by the sounds of Lily Allen, Mac Miller and Tom Misch, Stella is a UK-based singer-songwriter with a soulful sound. Named the Best Pop Act at the Birmingham Music Awards in 2018, Stella is one of the more active artists on the Birmingham music scene; however, her waves are not exclusive to that West Midlands city. Receiving critical acclaim from Express and Star and BBC Introducing, along with placement on several playlists, the singer-songwriter is reaching audiences on a global level. The latest addition to her well-received discography is ‘I Love You So’.
Touching on issues of mental health and self-expression, Stella uses her music as an instrument for empowerment. With the aim of reaching individuals on an intimate level, her tunes are heartfelt ensuring her “fans aren’t only listeners but they feel listened to”. ‘I Love You So’ showcases her impassioned sentimentality with its soothing ambience. It is like falling into a blues-influenced whirlpool of haziness.
What I find intriguing about Stella’s music is not her witty lyricism but the execution of this poetry. Reminiscent of Lily Allen and Joss Stone, but with the sensuality of Sade, ‘I Love You So’ is a sonic representation of heartfelt genuineness. Of course, this is evident in her debut single ‘Warm and High’ as well; however, ‘I Love You So’ seems to have a richer tenderness to it. It might be Stella’s graceful vocals that enhance the sincerity, but then again it could be the simplistic combination of her dulcet tones with husky instrumentation…all I know is it’s amazing!
In addition to her single, Stella released an official music video for ‘I Love You So’. Regarding the visual element, the music video is rather simple following a couple on their walk through the neighbourhood; however, there is a deeper profoundness linked to this innoc ent action. Focusing on true love, this video oozes joy, love and hopefulness. It also showcases the vulnerability of a person in love teetering on the cusp of utter devotedness and painful rejection. Lighthearted, it is fun to watch and adds an anthemic quality to this astounding song.