Hausu’s pop troubadour Arthur Valentine makes his first on-record appearance with ‘Selfish’. A soft, simple number - performed solo with little other than a clean guitar tone, vocals and co-production by Hausu label-mate Ghostking is Dead - Selfish takes place in a sweet, smokey haze; a pure and introspective love song with an ear for a hook, and clever, honest songwriting.
Arthur’s arrival to the Hausu roster has been long in the works; mentioned in the footnotes of our very earliest press releases, his songwriting and vocals appearing in Whytewyne’s one-off drop of madness. His forthcoming debut EP was recorded as a full-band effort, spanning over many sessions, with Hausu musicians chipping in.
Selfish is the earliest of these collaborations. Minimal and dreamy, the track finds Arthur showcasing his jazzy fingerpicking and soft contemplative vocal style. Before the release of Arthur's EP, Selfish precedes as a standalone single.
Originally debuted as a live performance on Mike McGrath Byran’s RedOnRed show on Red FM, Selfish officially released on February 22nd.
You Have To Hear This: With clean guitar lines and little else, Selfish recalls the confessional tracks of Frank Ocean. Not a bad look for the debut song from this new Cork artist. - Niall Byrne, The Irish Times
Amid all of the local excitement regarding the ongoing story of the HAUSU collective, the real gem has been the individual stories of each artist coming to light over the course of the past year or so. A gentle curveball arrives, then, in the form of Luke Aston, aka Arthur Valentine, finally arriving in earnest with a stripped-back contemplation of love and the dynamics of relationships. - Mike McGrath-Bryan, Nialler9
'Selfish', the debut single from the pop project of Cork's Arthur Valentine brings more to the table than most. Jazzy guitar-picking, different vocal styles across the track (soul, rn'b, blues and pop), and an undeniable level of smooth. - REMY
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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 (sorry Ghostking) with more organic instrumentation.