If listening to Sam Smith’s comeback single “Too Good at Goodbyes” gave you all the feels, just wait for the official video. The emotional clip directed by Luke Monaghan, which dropped on Monday morning (Sept. 18), opens with a close-up of a forlorn-looking Smith staring at the ground as he sings a wordless melody in what looks like a recording studio.
As the full track kicks in Smith looks up into the lens and sings the first lines standing in an alley with a grand piano player backing him up. Cut to a series of couples staring into each other’s eyes and Sam slow dancing with an unseen lover, gripping his back in an embrace that hints at melancholy. The rest of the clip cuts between scenes of Smith singing in the studio and glimpses of the couples slow dancing, kissing, crying and turning away from each other in what look like scenes of relationships breaking down.
In a recent interview with Attitude magazine, Smith, 25, explained the emotional hell he went through while recording the album, which almost drove him to quit the business. “I got dumped, which wasn’t very nice. Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time ’round I just couldn’t write for about two months… My team had to force me to get into the studio, because I almost felt as if I didn’t want to do it any more. So, there were moments on there where it got a bit intense and I started to lose myself.”
Smith was able to find himself again and record the follow-up to his smash 2014 debut, In the Lonely Hour, and he’s looking forward to a healthy chart competition with pal Ed Sheeran. “”It makes you push yourself. Watching him this past year has just been incredible, but yeah, of course it makes me hungry,” he said.
This story was first posted to Billboard.