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King of Broken Hearts
Raph Solo Releases Second Single From His Word of Love EP
Raph Solo photos by Michele Martinoli
 

The second single from Raph Solo's Word of Love EP is about coming to terms with the relationship mistakes he made in the past and re-discovering his worth so that he can love again.  Titled "Broken Hearts," he wrote the song a few years ago when he met his current partner.  They were both fresh out of relationships that left them broken and bruised. While the love making was hot, the baggage they each carried crept into their relationship and caused friction and undue fear.

“Broken Hearts is about letting go of past loves, embracing what is new, and working to extend that love into tomorrow and beyond,” Solo explains.   He admits it has been a process he's had to learn.  Before meeting his current partner, he experienced 7.5  break ups in nine years (one of the splits only scored a 0.5 on his pain-o-meter).  His hardest failed relationship was with a man he regarded as a father figure. “It crushed me. It changed my perception of love. Though I still believe in love, I don’t view it through rose colored glasses anymore.”

Similar to the other songs on the Word of Love album, Raph describes the sound of "Broken Hearts" as POPTECSOL, a new sound he created that combines pop, tech, and R&B soul.

He sings "Broken Hearts" in a lower key and adds melancholy strings and anthem-like synth riffs over a lazy throbbing bass groove to give it a dark, edgy and sexy feel that reflects the bittersweet sentiment behind the song.

The music video was filmed on the Southeast coast of England and incorporates the famous white cliffs as a backdrop. Raph plays a mythological warrior-turned-prisoner who must conquer his fear and wrestle down his demons to reclaim his crown.   Though fantasy, the video depicts the song in the way Raph’s love life truly unfolded.   “It’s all shamelessly romantic and heroic,” Raph laughs, “but that’s me.”

Raph Solo’s "Broken Hearts" is being released globally through Angel King Musique and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well all other online retail outlets. Its music video is available on Youtube.  For more information, visit his website

 

Written by Paul Hutnick

Freelance writer

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