Adele's "Hello" was one of the most relevant pop culture events at the end of 2015, spawning countless, collaborations, and even spoofs. Rilan, one of the industry's promising up-and-comers, has put his own haunting spin on the ubiquitous ballad.
"'Hello' is a once-in-a-blue-moon kind of record," said Rilan. "It sticks to your ribs, reminding you of every regret you've ever made. I wanted to give my own spin on this modern masterpiece to show its versatility."
Rilan stays true to the spirit of "Hello" in his video, keeping color contrast to a minimum and echoing the words Adele sang over a leaf-strewn heath across his own arid landscape.
"I instantly connected with the record when I heard it for the first time. I felt alone and isolated, so I wanted to share what it would sound like had I had the privilege of writing and recording such an emotional piece of music," said Rilan. "The video is what loneliness looks like to me."