Eliza Doolittle’s second album, In Your Hands, is a tad sadder than her platinum-selling debut, but it’s all part of growing up.
“Between the ages of, say, 21 and 25, there’s so much learning and discovery to do, and the 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,” she says. “I’ve learned so much about myself and how I feel about love and life. There’s a huge battle between the pessimistic side of my character and the optimistic side.
Doolittle was 22 when her self-titled debut shot straight to No 3 in the charts and sold more than 700,000 copies around the world. For that summer at least, her singles Pack Up and Skinny Genes were inescapable. But that doesn’t mean all was well in Doolittle’s world. She began working on the second album after finishing the South American leg of her tour in Colombia in September 2011. “I went straight from there to Los Angeles to get working,” she says. “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.”
Big When I Was Little, the first single from the new album, reintroduced Doolittle after her time away. The current single Let It Rain is about “heading toward the storm rather than walking away from it and keeping safe”.
She says the idea of touring for the next two years, as she did first time round, is exciting, although she doesn’t have any expectations about what the future might hold.
“You always aim high, but who knows?” she says. “I remember when my first album came out and it went to No 3 and I had no idea how. Not long after, I was in a restaurant in Los Angeles with my mum and brother and one of my songs came on. It was the strangest experience, really unexpected, and sums up the past few years perfectly.”