Lui Hill grew up in a small town but has always had world aspirations, encouraged by his father, who taught him the value of travel. Travelling the globe with his father as a teen, meant the neo-soul artist’s world view was expanded and provided a strong foundation on which to write his music.
‘Words Become Useless’ is the his third single, and comes ahead of his debut album, set for release at the end of summer 2018.
Hill plays piano, bass, and drums on the song, a process which he describes as:
“allowing the simplicity of the lyrics to guide through the song, while at the same time, imagining playing in a sort of futuristic jazz-trio. I love riffs and I think this may be the most fun I’ve had writing a piano-riff so far.”
The video which accompanies the soft vocals of Hill opens in a loft in Downtown LA, where Lui stands staring out into the night, taking in the cityscape. He plays on his drums, seemingly caged in the room while all goes on around him. There are two others in the clip, shot in various locations under California skies. It’s ominous and eerie, and and the viewer is left with a sense that nothing good can come to any of the three – the trapped Hill, or the two outside. It’s a beautiful video nonetheless, with a cinematic quality making it feel like the trailer to a film.
Talking about the motivation behind the song, Hill says,
“I wrote this about a long-distance relationship, and how one falls in love in part purely with the feeling of longing for another person. On one hand, you hang on tightly because in that moment it feels like all you have. And on the other, somehow you know you’re pursuing something that will end in disaster.”