‘Still On My Mind’ wafts in like a beautiful breeze, a chilled out tumble of sadness and joy, melancholy and bliss. That familiar voice is fully present, soft, intimate and delightfully conversational, caressing melodies over a subtle flow of beats, with an aching catch that tugs at the heart strings.
She was the girl who got away. But after five years of silence, Dido is back. Dido Armstrong made two of the best-selling albums in British chart history. ‘No Angel’ remains the top-selling debut by a British female artist worldwide. The chilled out singer-songwriter notched up over forty million album sales across her career.
Dido’s return has been as much of a surprise to her as it will be to her fans. “To be honest, this album was almost accidental. I woke up one morning and thought I just want to work with my brother, Rollo. It’s why I got into this in the first place. We’re great together, I enjoy the company and we are so in sync. And in between having a lovely time hanging out with his family and walking the dogs, talking about music and the world, this album just sort of happened.”
With just a hint of trepidation, Dido is even looking forward to touring again. “I love this album. It’s been an absolutely magical experience making it. And I want people to hear it. So I think it’s time to go out there again.” She admits that her “natural environment” is “in the studio writing songs” and “I am a little bit nervous about going on stage again. It’s been 15 years since I played a big show. But I think it will be fun. There’s a lot of songs that people will know and enjoy. I have nothing but great memories of singing ‘Thank You’ for instance. When you are singing, and everyone is singing along, that is the ultimate feeling in a live show, there is no better thing”.
‘Still On My Mind’ is only Dido’s fifth album in 20 years. And it is right up there with her best work. “I wanted to capture the feeling I still get from listening to music,” she explains. “Just that rush, like you just don't need anything more than this. I've lived a life which is just music. I hear melodies in my head. Music is comfort, it is excitement, it's everything, and it is always there for me.”