UK electronic producer and GRAMMY award winner Tourist (William Phillips) recently released his new music video for “U” along with his February 2017 Australian headline shows. The video for “U” is a co-direct project by frequent collaborator Jacob Robinson and multi-talent Dillon Moore.
Tourist’s “U” is an audible treat for the listener. Fragmented vocal samples are paired with off kilter synths in something that closely resembles a break beat version of Bondax or Jamie XX. Robinson and Moore’s stylistic approach to the music video parallels the track: a woman’s face is interrupted by a few frames of a smoldering fire. The music video is as ominous as it is visually appealing. Serene landscapes are used as reference points for tracking shots of a man and a woman walking toward an uncertain destination.
The track is just one of the ten tracks on Phillips debut album U. Picking up a GRAMMY last year for his co-writer role on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, Tourist wrote the debut album over the course of several years. Taking the listener through the beginnings of a relationship to the parting of ways, the 10-track offering takes a more minimal approach, following previous singles and EPs including 2015’s “Holding On” (ft. Josef Salvat & Niia) which clocked over 1.9 million SoundCloud streams.
Watch the music video for “U” below:
Tourist live dates:
Fri 11.18 – Manchester, UK @ The Warehouse Project
Sat 11.26 – Cologne, GER @ Melt.zip 2016
Tue 11.29 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
Wed 11.30 – Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe
Thu 12.01 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory
Fri 12.02 – London, UK @ Oval Space
Wed 12.7 – Paris, FR @ Winter Camp Festival 2016
Thu 12.8 – Nancy, FR @ Winter Camp Festival 2016
Fri 12.9 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Thu 1.26 – Brisbane @ Brisbane Showgrounds (Laneway)
Sat 1.28 – Melbourne @ Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edge (Laneway)
Mon 1.30 – New Zealand @ Auckland Albert Park (Laneway)
Fri 2.3 – Port Adelaide @ Hart’s Mill (Laneway)
Sat 2.4 – Rozelle @ Sydney College of the Arts (Laneway)
Sun 2.5 – Fremantle @ Esplanade Reserve and West End (Laneway)