North London singer-songwriter Rhett Nicholl was born into the world of music. His dad was the tour manager for The Ramones and Blondie while his mother worked for Sire Records which at one point, served as the home to artists like Cyndi Lauper, Aphex Twin and Ice T among others. But for Rhett, that musical pulsed seemingly fled him for five years.

After a period of seemingly inescapable darkness inside a creative prison, the Finchley artist has found finally released his debut single titled ‘Haunty.’

Rummaging through pain, death and the memories of a city that has seen the gradual horrors of gentrifications, Nicholl crosses the threshold into renewal with ‘Haunty.’ While he weaves in inspired contributions from up-and-coming wordsmiths The Nasty Poet and Bapou Costi, Rhett’s Burial-inspired haze of sound and mourning vocal delivery remain the emotional linchpin to the track.

Though ‘Haunty’ eventually taps into a sense of clarity, something deeper and more personal lies beneath the track.

According to Rhett, “Haunty began as a reaction to the passing of a close friend and seminal figure in our culture. I’m trying to work through those feelings it became a means to explore the issues and struggles of the people who really grew up in this city.”

That close friend was political activist and underground (but highly influential) graffiti artist named Jan Francis, or simply Aset, who helped foster the talent of other young artists and musicians like Rhett. A dedication to Aset appears at the end of the track’s emotional music video (directed by Jack Murray and Sam W. McFadden), which also features many locational vignettes of the London area where artists like Rhett and Aset once warmly and creatively occupied in spite of its gradual deterioration.

Check out the touching visual for ‘Haunty’ above and follow Rhett Nicholl on Instagram, Facebook and Soundcloud.