Robert Vincent Reflects On the Places That Shaped Him in 'This Town' Video: Exclusive

Alex Hurst
Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent details the towns that have shaped him throughout his new single “This Town,” which Billboard premieres the video for today (Nov. 25). The five-minute clip was shot at The Plaza cinema in Vincent’s hometown of Crosby, England, as well as various U.S. towns that have left an impact on the Liverpool based singer-songwriter.

The nostalgic tune, which Vincent penned by himself, has the singer-songwriter reflecting on the towns that helped make him who he is. With delicate acoustic guitar finger-picking and soft percussion accompaniment, Vincent’s smooth and captivating vocals are at the forefront of “This Town.”

“An underlying sentiment to ‘This Town’ is that of my childhood, and I was keen to capture some of where I grew up as part of the narrative, but also where life had taken me,” Vincent, who has spent time in Nashville, Memphis and Buddy Holly’s home of Lubbock, Texas, tells Billboard. “We used some of these locations as a backdrop for ‘This Town.’ I have been connected to these places by music, history and films, even before I had visited.

“I wanted to use The Plaza cinema, a beautiful Art Deco building built in 1939 situated just outside of Liverpool, in my hometown of Crosby,” he adds of the video’s closing scene. “It was an important part of the video, because it was my escape as a child. I used to go alone, avoiding my friends interrupting the films. That building meant as much to me as anything from my childhood, more than iconic films and first dates I had there. I added my son to the video to illustrate how I felt about those more laid back days. The innocence of those times compared to now is a world apart, but is something I seek and try to paint within the music on my new album.”

“This Town” is Vincent’s first release since signing with Thirty Tigers and was produced by Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne, Laura Marling). It marks his first set of new music since 2017’s I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins. “This Town” is the lead single off Vincent’s upcoming project expected for release February 2020.

The video for “This Town” is below.

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