Singer-songwriter Hugo Valentine has returned with his next soul-pop, folk tinged tune, the organically uplifting – ‘Rule The World’. His third single this year in this recent run of releases, this single embodies a deeper meaning and gradually builds throughout, loaded with catchy hooks and of course, his proudly prominent piano sound.
“Rule the world is a song about a close friend of mine who has been suffering from addiction. It’s an appeal to him to fight to regain his love of life and to find joy in positive things. It is difficult to witness the desperation and destruction that addiction causes but in writing ‘Rule The World’ I seek to sum up both pain and hope, aiming to uplift the listener and bring light to the darkness.”
“…Often one finds a lot of comfort in reminiscing about happy times from the past, and this is an idea that the song explores. The notion of ‘together we can rule the world’ aims to fill the sufferer with the hope that he doesn’t have to do this alone, that others are there for him and that he can make it through this difficult part of his life with the help of those who love him. ‘Rule The World’ brings to light the isolation that often comes with addiction and seeks to remind people who suffer in this way that they are not alone.”
Describing the production process behind ‘Rule the World’, Valentine explains:
“[The] production for this song was exciting to do. Henrik and I took to the studio as normal, and after not very long a clear picture had formulated of how we would play this out. Drums and bass guitar set the tone for the track, and the rest fell into place soon after. We really explored the use of builds in this track, using breakdowns and big backing vocals to bring light and shade. This one has not yet been heard live – something to look forward to when we begin doing live shows again!”