listen to a new song from chad valley

photo courtesy of lucy bridger

chad valley is the moniker of oxford singer-songwriter hugo manuel, who’s prepping the release of his sophomore album entirely new blue, out october 2nd via cascine.  firmly anchoring the final third of the album is “seventeen,” a tender ballad that doubles as a gut-wrenching reminder of how devastating a relationship’s end can be.  empathy is instantaneous, as manuel laments “my life is littered with my own mistakes / the memories encircled are a waste” in the song’s opening, but “seventeen” feels increasingly therapeutic as more instruments are slowly guided into the texture, as manuel gradually moves towards self-reconciliation protected by an army of synthesizers.  still, as the final line suggests, some semblance of longing never fully disappears.  listen to “seventeen” below.

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