The official video for “Hurts” – the first single from Emeli Sandé‘s new album, Long Live The Angels (Capitol Records) – premiered today on VEVO. Saturated in stark, striking, high-contrast imagery, it perfectly encapsulates the anthem’s raw emotion, shining a light on Sandé‘s spine-tingling vocal. It can be viewed above. The clip was directed by Charles Mehling, who helmed the video for Sandé’s “Next to Me,”which has more than 67 million views.Sandé produced and co-wrote “Hurts“ with Mac & Phil (Miguel, Naughty Boy).
“Next to Me”
Long Live The Angels – set for release on November 11 – is the follow-up to Sandé‘s 2012 debut album, Our Version Of Events, which has sold more than four million albums worldwide. Long Live The Angels is available for pre-order HERE.Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive “Hurts.”
“Sandé is back on top form with her second album,” observed the U.K.’s Sunday Times in a recent “Culture” section cover story.The New York Times noted, “On her 2012 debut album, she used her gilded voice as a contrast to fleet dance-influenced production…[on Long Live The Angels,] she’s focused on using it for uplift.”
The FADER hailed “Hurts” as “her best music to date” andNewsweek praised it as “haunting.” Rolling Stone observed, “the storming new song ‘Hurts’…[pairs] relentless handclaps with pained, imperious vocals…utilizing sweeping strings, a towering brass section and a choir.”THISISRNB.com said, “this record is a monster…An anthemic breakup song for the ages.”