Quote Club: Hugo Valentine talks childhood nostalgia & his latest single, ‘Change’

Back once again with a snazzy new music number, Hugo Valentine returns with his latest single, adhering to his well-loved style of emotive songwriting, Valentine presents fans with a contemplative and bittersweet ballad-esque single, ‘Change’. The emotivie and heartfelt piano-led track ebbs and flows with fulfilling builds, all beautifully delivered by his distinctively smooth, husky vocals.

‘Change’ sees Valentine delicately retell his experiences facing the harsh realities of adulthood and its many sobering moments over his signature piano chords and punchy, impactful drum patterns. The track was written a number of years ago but still holds the same weight and meaning for the North London musician now as it did back then.

“In a rare situation for me, they [the lyrics] came pretty much immediately, with coherent meaning. I think the message for me was clear from the outset – grow up, change, be who you want to be, but don’t forget who you really are. It sounds corny but has been such an important thread in my life, something so pertinent. I went to the studio later that day to lay down the demo. Beyond the core message of the song, it’s also a song about realising that things are not as they seemed when you were a child. It’s a moment to reflect on those childhood memories and view them from your adult self’s perspective. Most children are very impressionable, as I certainly was, but there comes with that a sort of bliss of life, a lack of knowledge and understanding of the difficulties and complexities of life – ‘Do you remember the strange days, when we were young and free’ – this feels bittersweet when you reflect on it as an adult.”

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