Hausu’s eclectic pop auteur Arthur Valentine’s sophomore single was written in 2017, is releasing in 2019, and is titled 2018. Ascending from the bedroom-pop approach of his successful debut single Selfish, Arthur Valentine takes the ambitious leap of following with this full band, folk-inspired track. Employing help from his Hausu collaborators, 2018 was recorded over an 18 month period in both homemade, DIY and professional studios.
The earliest version of this track was drafted over two years ago, only hours before Arthur boarded a plane to move to the United States for the summer. Having recorded what would later become 2018’s main guitar melody on his iPhone, Arthur emigrated to Montauk, New York. He spent the next 90 days without access to any musical equipment with only his Voice Memos and a notebook to compose what is now the track’s instrumentation. With the equally beautiful and superficial “Instagram town” of Montauk serving as inspiration for the song’s lyrics, Arthur would return to Ireland that autumn with the outline of 2018.
Like Selfish before it, 2018 is deeply personal and vulnerable underneath its pop facade, discussing the alienation of his time in Montauk and the superficial culture driven by social media keeping-up-appearances; a “new age of plastic fun”. At the end of the track, the band and its pop atmosphere evaporates, leaving the singer crooning alone in a small venue; on the same footing where Selfish left off.
Selfish launched Arthur Valentine’s story with a bang – being positively reviewed by Nialler9, GoldenPlec, The Irish Times, Lovin.ie, IndieBuddie and REMY’s music blog, the track was added to the Spotify curated The New Éire and An Alternative Éire playlists and landed plays on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM, and radio stations as far out as Switzerland.
2018 is set to release July 12th, 2019 on all streaming platforms. It can be presaved over on DistroKid: https://l.hausurecords.com/presave-2018
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About Arthur Valentine
Arthur Valentine is the eclectic pop project of Cork based singer/songwriter and producer Luke Aston. Exploring universal themes such as love, fear, faith and deleting/re-downloading Instagram time and time again, he is desperately trying to not take himself too seriously while writing this bio.
A founding member of Cork-based collective Hausu, Arthur Valentine will be releasing his debut EP as soon as he gets his head out of his ass.
Inspired by the jazzy modern pop style of acts like Daniel Caesar, Steve Lacey of The Internet and Rex Orange County, an open and honest and often witty songwriting approach influenced by Father John Misty, and a solo performance style which draws from Jeff Buckley, Arthur Valentine brings a breath of fresh air to Hausu's heavily electronic and often grim lineup with more organic instrumentation.