Luca Wilding recently unveiled his debut single, ‘Heartachers’ – the inaugural track from his upcoming debut album, To, out on Abbey Records later this year.
A dream-folk inspired track, ‘Heartachers’ is indicative of Wilding’s outlook. While it was written for a friend in the early stages of dealing with mental illness, it could be applied to so many of us, in so many differing situations.
The song comes with a very special video made by award winning film maker Patrick Fileti. Patrick’s full short ‘Inferno’ won multiple awards on it’s release in 2019 – including Best Short Documentary | Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019. Now Patrick has re-visited and re-edited the film especially for ‘Heartachers’.
Filmed in Tultepec, Mexico, it tells the true story of a town famous for its pyrotechnics and the subculture that surrounds it. Patrick enlisted Mexican DOP Galo Olivares (Alfonso Cuaron’s collaborator on Oscar winning Roma) to tell the story through the eyes of the townspeople. It’s a very powerful piece of film and this new version works beautifully with Luca’s song…
Luca on the collaboration: ‘The film tells the story of a pyrotechnician who is ready to die for the thing he loves. In this town there is this overwhelming tendency for the young men to lose their lives to the fire… That fascinated me. It reminded me how easily people can become addicted to their own sadness. But more, it made me think of the subject of the song, the sadness that engulfed them like a flame and how the people that were left behind had no choice but to accept the ashes. I love how the film has this uplifting ending. Heartachers is a song about letting go, seeing that change and loss and hurt are just other beautiful parts of life, and no amount of longing can ever stop them.’
Led by a gently plucked electric guitar, ‘Heartachers’ mesmerising melancholy is pulled from the myriad of transformative experiences that have peppered Wilding’s life thus far. His voice drifts with pain and passion, before a bold splash of instrumentation concludes the track, taking it totally somewhere else entirely.
Luca Wilding states: “Heartachers is about learning to let go of what was. It was meant as a kind of call to arms; an invocation of the strength it takes to overcome the mountains of the mind. It tells the simple story of trying to love someone through all their pain and despite their sadness.”
Raised in the grey anywhere of Greater London, Luca Wilding never played an instrument in his youth. It was a family tradition of gunslinger ballads and time-old story-singalongs, and his eventual love for Leonard Cohen, that spurred him to begin song writing. Inspired later by a mixtape gifted to him by his supportive schoolteacher, he set out to achieve his ambition.