SINGLE REVIEW: Phil Hancock – H8U

Owning his vulnerability and manifesting his confidence as an artist, ‘H8U’ is an impressive follow up to last year’s strong comeback single ‘Heaven’. It had been a couple years since we had heard any solo material from Phil Hancock but after writing for other artists he’s returned to the spotlight. Heading towards a more polished indie-pop sound with a DIY element, this newly improved sound hears him citing influences from Troye Sivan and Lauv. The Brisbane based singer-songwriter reflects on the self loathing and questioning that follows a break up and searching where to go next. “I went through hell for all you put me through. Now I hate myself more than I hate you”. The raw intensity and honesty of the lyrics are instantly captivating and will have you empathising with him and feeling every emotion. We’ve all been in a state of heartbreak before where we hate ourselves more than we hate the other person, when we shouldn’t. But we are all human and sometimes we feel more intensely about situations than others. We all hurt in our own ways and we should embrace that. And that’s what Hancock does on this song perfectly. The dreamy DIY synths shadow a dark and raw mood that intertwines perfectly with the slick polish. Making this a really unique and promising continuation of who Phil Hancock is as an artist.