Photo of Richard Walters (below), by Dmitry Serostanov
London-based singer Richard Walters has released a moving new video for his recent single "U."
Walters has previously said the song was inspired by an offhand comment from a promoter asking him if touring strained his relationships back home.
"I guess in the smallest hours, stuck on your own in a hotel or sleeping on another sofa, it’s easy to overthink things, see the absolute worst possible outcome," he said of the emotional track. "I became convinced that something I cared about so much—making and playing music—was pulling me away from someone so important to me, like it was this huge selfish ego trip I was embarking on. But in the morning there’s clarity, there’s phone calls and there’s reassurances … it’s all OK in the end."
For the video, which stars English actor Mark Hadfield, Cooper says he drew from the "longing" within the song to imagine a "cinematic, narrative-led story," explaining: "I was interested to explore what would happen if our character who had nothing was given everything he wanted. Like Stranger Things, I wanted to shortcut the logical, and by harking back to a kind of nostalgic aesthetic, with the colours and textures of '80s sci-fi, create a beautiful concoction of the bizarre and the recognisable."
Watch the gripping new video for "U" below.