Hugo Valentine has returned with his brand new single – ‘My Friend’.
Utterly haunting and achingly beautiful, 'My Friend' encapsulates the hollow sadness of loosing a close companion. Contrastingly enough, although emotive and oozing with soft sentiment, the tune beams positivity leaving the listener feeling lifted and full of hope.
Written with an incredible air of sophistication and sung with such maturity and sensitivity, this tune features the classic, raw, husky vocals that fans have come to know Hugo by, so well.
With his authenticity and vulnerability shining throughout, Hugo also gives a perfect performance on his staple instrument - the Piano, alongside a gleaming gospel choir who join him towards the later half of the song.
Discussing this new release, Hugo shares:
“’My Friend’ is a hard-hitting record filled with both pain and hope. It is a difficult and sore goodbye to a friend of mine who took his own life. It opens up a sharp wound, the type that never really heals, in order to try to better understand the onslaught of mixed emotions that follow such a happening. It tells a story of fear and loneliness, of a broken soul with no way out, but equally, it seeks to instil hope and to shine a light on his life. Bringing to the forefront the difficult yet pertinent issue of male suicide - something that is extremely close to my heart.
'My Friend' attempts to tackle this difficult subject in an ode to the thousands of people who have suffered at the hands of depression and mental illness. There are many emotive messages within this song and also a wish, almost a plea to the possibility that he might still be here in spirit, watching over us. There's an important and underlying sense of hope throughout, gently relishing the idea that there may be something after, a place where somebody in such pain can finally find peace. "Goodbye my friend.. even though I'm gonna miss you, I know I'm gonna see you again."
You can listen to 'My Friend' here.