It’s not exactly news to call Brett Eldredge “lovesick,” but on his new song “Castaway” and its accompanying music video shot inside Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the sentiment rings even truer than usual, as the Illinois native finds himself feeling alone and lost at sea.
“Castaway,” a bare-bones love ballad that’s essentially a solo vocal performance with acoustic guitar, was co-written by Eldredge and Jordan Reynolds. He debuted the song in May during his opening set for Luke Bryan’s Bridgestone Arena tour stop, right around the corner from the Ryman in Music City. “Since we are in the home of the best songwriters in the world, and songs come from the heart, I want to sing you guys a song true from my heart,” Eldredge told the crowd at the time, captured by a fan-shot video. “This is kind of my message, my relationship with love.”
The video for “Castaway” starts off with Eldredge alone at the bar at Robert’s Western World, before he makes his across the back alley to the Mother Church to deliver a secret profession of love on the empty stage. Except it’s not secret, as a female love interest (whether or not they’re estranged is left open-ended) follows him in from the bar to watch him sing. “Please don’t say a castaway is what I was born to do,” he sings in the chorus, his voice cracking with emotion. “I guess I’ll always be lost without you.”
Eldredge has released a steady stream of songs in recent months previewing his new, self-titled album, many of which – like “Love Someone” and “The Long Way” – are upbeat numbers. “Castaway,” like those other songs, finds him in a soulful mood, but in a much more low-key manner. “I wanna be that part of your life, that song that means so much to you, the one that takes you back to that special place. . . the song that makes you laugh, the song that makes you cry when you need to cry, that makes you dance when you need to dance,” he told Rolling Stone Country in 2016.
Brett Eldredge, his third studio album, comes out August 4th on Atlantic Nashville. Eldredge plays the Jam in the Valley festival in Varysburg, New York on July 7th.