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Propelled into the industry at just 19, Foxes was at the forefront of the pop stratosphere with her critically acclaimed debut album Glorious, Grammy-winning collaboration ‘Clarity’ with EDM giant Zedd, big-name support slots and six singles in the UK top 40. In 2017, she decided it was time to press pause and focus on connecting with herself.

Last year, Foxes shared a quote on Instagram from Anthem by Leonard Cohen: “there’s a crack in everything/that’s how the light gets in”. It is a poignant lyric, even more so when you listen to the music which the British singer-songwriter was writing at the time. “I think it’s good to show your flaws, and understand that all of those little cracks are really what make you and loving them,” she says, as she prepares to return from a game-changing, three-year hiatus with a sound that’s rawer and more authentic than ever, and one which she hopes will make her fans know that they’re not alone in the world.

It was time to focus on connecting with herself. She saw out her 20s travelling, reading reams of poetry, and even attending songwriting camps in the Nicaraguan jungle as she processed the past, and tried to consider a future in music. Along the way, she revisited the kinds of boundary-squishing artists she had grown up on – among them Cohen and Kate Bush – and spent time with her writer grandmother. And, of course, she continued writing.

Her first single back, ‘Love Not Loving You’ is bold, buoyant, and transports you to the light at the end of the tunnel. It is the beacon of strength, independence and empowerment she felt when eradicating toxicity (“And my body couldn’t move with your hands on me/All I had were your words and I couldn’t speak”) and restoring control of her life without dependence on someone else. Her awareness of her own self-worth radiates when she describes “This song is about finally falling in love with myself, about not depending on anyone else for my own happiness, and being able to stand on my own two feet. I hope the message in this song can inspire others to do the same.”

With reclamation of control comes a different level of vulnerability, in-hand with a different level of confidence. Darkness vs light. Power vs patriarchy. Reality vs expectation. The juxtaposition and mixed emotions life can so often throw at you, especially as a woman.

It’s a fitting touch given her journey that her journey has seen her look back to her past, while forging ahead. “I feel like I’ve come full circle, and that I’m in the right place as an artist,” she says. “It’s so freeing”.