Nate Ruess’ voice is one of its own. At times brittle, at times ringing, never monotonous, always full-bodied. Fun.’s vocalist knows how to sing, but that’s not enough to describe what he does when he performs. He is an authentic force of nature. The dynamic editing of the video for his first single as a solo artist, Nothing Without Love, underlines his being so energetic and powerful.
You might remember him from 2011 worldwide success We Are Young, off Fun.’s sophomore album, Some Nights, which went on to win the song of the year Grammy and earned the indie pop band a second Grammy for Best New Artist in 2013. A year after, Fun. debuted a new single called Harsh Lights on Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, but all three members of the group are now pursuing their own projects.
Ruess’ Nothing Without Love is the first track off his debut solo album, which is currently untitled and will be released later this year. “I am nothing without love, I’m but a ship stuck in the sand,” sings Ruess at the very beginning, on a few simple piano chords letting the harmonics resound after each note. Then the song simply explodes, with Ruess giving proof of his enthralling and overwhelming voice. The subject of the lyrics may not be one of the most original and innovative, but still, this taste of his debut leaves us with a watering mouth.