Continuing in the vein of critically-acclaimed ballad ‘Awards Night’, Richard Walters returns with ‘Starlight’ – a deeply personal track interspersed by heartfelt lyricism, redolent keys and real emotion.
Garnering support from the likes of BBC 6Music, Walters is a mature wordsmith who does not shy from tackling the most heart-wrenching punches life can throw, even if it does leave him exposed lyrically. ‘Starlight’ echoes dominant themes surrounding love and personal loss with the musician reflecting on a turbulent year that saw the birth of his first child, but also the death of his closest friend.
Vocalising his vision on the world, the chorus leads “The world keeps on going forward, the planets light the way” and yet, Walters yearns “I need more time, I need more starlight”. It’s painstakingly honest. The track’s spacious production and enchanting harmonies allows for those delicate moments in which the listener can contemplate every single lyric.
The overriding sentiment feels cathartic, harbouring thoughts fixated with unexpected life events and those dearest to us – something we can all relate to as listeners. ‘Starlight’ is endearingly human, and inexplicably beautiful.
‘Starlight’ is out now via Pilotlights Music. Find on iTunes here.