chad valley is the moniker of oxford singer-songwriter hugo manuel, who’s prepping the release of his sophomore album entirely new blue, out october 2nd via cascine. firmly anchoring the final third of the album is “seventeen,” a tender ballad that doubles as a gut-wrenching reminder of how devastating a relationship’s end can be. empathy is instantaneous, as manuel laments “my life is littered with my own mistakes / the memories encircled are a waste” in the song’s opening, but “seventeen” feels increasingly therapeutic as more instruments are slowly guided into the texture, as manuel gradually moves towards self-reconciliation protected by an army of synthesizers. still, as the final line suggests, some semblance of longing never fully disappears. listen to “seventeen” below.