Sam Hunt has made yet another music video that’s almost like a mini-movie. After his Fight Club-like “Take Your Time” clip, the country-pop star has put an intense cinematic storyline on his latest single, “Breakup in a Small Town.” The drama-filled affair features a distraught Hunt reeling over his latest heartbreak while leaning over a bathroom sink. The “small town” in which the song takes place is up in flames for much of the video, which is largely comprised of Hunt running down deserted streets, trying to flee the sight of his ex with her new boyfriend. And he throws in quite a unique production twist: blurring the face of the ex-girlfriend in question throughout the video.
“She was over me before the grass grew back where she used to park her car,” a tortured Hunt sings, with his hands clasped in a prayer in the video. “She’s leaving those same marks in someone else’s yard.”
Co-written by Hunt, Shane McAnally and Zach Crowell, “Breakup in a Small Town” is, also like “Take Your Time,” a song that features a bit of spoken word during the verses until it erupts into a massive sing-along chorus. “[Breakup in a Small Town] was by far the hardest song I’ve ever been a part of, Crowell told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. “It took probably 15 days to write that song, over the course of six months. There’s an infinite amount of ways to describe that, so [Hunt] was constantly changing lines and moving stuff around.”
With its Drake-inspired vocal inflections and its vivid lyrical detail, Hunt’s latest single is one of the most ambitious moments on his breakthrough album, Montevallo. “Stylistically, I didn’t feel like I necessarily fit in,” Hunt told us last year about the difficulties he first faced at the start of his songwriting career in Nashville. “I experimented and explored ways to find my own niche.”