Single: Hugo Cottu – Seventeen

“Moving to the English capital when he was six years old, Hugo spent most of his life in the UK. Influenced by the likes of Mac Demarco or Jeff Buckley, his musical journey began at 14 after going to his first gig seeing the legendary Rolling Stones at the 02 Arena. He then picked up the guitar and four years later enrolled at the prestigious BIMM London, where he pursued studies in both production and guitar.

While still a student, Hugo toured and recorded with Belle Roscoe, performing at the Isle of Wight festival in the UK and recording in Nashville with Grammy winning producers Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell) and Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes). These experiences greatly influenced Hugo’s creative process, leading to the release of his self-produced EP, “Portfolio”, in 2019.

With over one million streams across all streaming platforms, “Portfolio”, is a collection of songs from different genres and musical colours.

Today, Hugo is set to release “Portfolio II”, a collection of seven songs he wrote, recorded, produced & mixed by himself. During this time, he has also produced music for various artist and bands such as YUUF, Velvetine & Greg William. Additionally, he has lent his talents to notable artist, including Saint Saviour and has been an integral part of touring bands LEAP & Sion Hill.

Influenced by Alex G, Father John Misty or Tame Impala, the record is an ode to growing up in the big city. While the light tone of the guitar make it seem like the songs have been made by the beach drinking fresh lemonades, Hugo’s strength is that he sounds warm and solar while talking about heartbreak, love, friends and nostalgia.”

Five years ago, I wrote about the music of Hugo – a talented musician who captured my heart with his soulful melodies and captivating lyrics. As I listen to his music again, I’m struck by how much time has passed since I last heard it. Yet, somehow, the music still feels fresh and relevant today.

Hugo’s latest single has a laid-back melody that transports you to a different place and time. With its folky vibes and melancholic melody, the song creates a beautiful atmosphere that is both nostalgic and timeless. Listening to this song is like taking a journey through the past, present, and future all at once.

I’m eagerly anticipating Hugo’s new music, which is set to be released later this year. If this latest single is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. His music promises to be just as moving and meaningful as ever, and I can’t wait to hear more.

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