Far from the glitz and glamour of modern pop, PhilHancock’s moving new single ‘H8U’ is an artistic cut above the rest.
Influenced by a year of pain following an inevitable breakup, ‘H8U’ is an ambient, future-pop journey, blending dreamy melodies and smooth piano tones with powerful and melancholic lyrics of growth and heartbreak. A compelling and honest narrative, the Australian songwriter channels “the darkness and self-loathing that follows the end of a relationship” to form this touching, ‘sad banger’.
While his initial dream was songwriting for others, Phil now follows the footsteps of his idols TroyeSivanand Luav by putting his own stories out for people to connect with themselves. “The songs i’m writing now are my own personal stories and I can’t see anyone else singing them”, Hancock explains.
This is the second original offering from the independent Brisbane based artist and producer. Phil’s debut single ‘Heaven’ has already passed 95,000 streams since its release just over a month ago. With even more to come from Phil in 2019, ‘H8U’ is just the beginning for this emerging master of the ‘sad banger’ genre.
‘H8U’ is out EVERYWHERE now.
PHIL HANCOCK ‘H8U’ | SINGLE OUT FRIDAY 11 JANUARY (INDEPENDENT)
Australian pop artist Phil Hancock today released the music video for his latest single, “Heaven”. His first release in over 4 years, “Heaven” marks the opening chapter to a collection of pop gems being released by Phil throughout 2019.
“Heaven” explores the breakdown of a relationship – the pain, confusion and desperation in being left alone and the lengths you’d go to just to be with that person.
In the video, Phil performs the song alone in darkened rooms as objects come crashing down around him. Meanwhile, featured dancer Kelsey Riachi gives a heartbreaking interpretative dance to the song.
“I wanted the video to feel dark and claustrophobic,” he says, “to evoke that feeling of being empty and hurt by the departure of someone close to you.”
Released independently, “Heaven” has, in a few weeks, amassed over 30,000 streams across YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music, and it continues to grow.
Originally a songwriter to other artists behind the scenes, Phil says it’s time to step out to tell his own stories and share his journey as an independent gay pop artist in Brisbane, Australia.
He’s spent the past three years publishing a discography of relaxing piano music, performing traditional Balkan music throughout Europe and America, as well as producing and writing songs for other performers. He’s put all that behind him now to take a shot at being a pop artist in his own right.
2018 has been a rollercoaster year of change and growth, and Phil is pouring it all into this next chapter of music. Describing his new sound, Phil says it is “dance-’til-you-cry music.”