Like, not sad alone, just you know, alone in a big city, dancing by himself on empty streets in the Anthony Mandler-directed clip for his first solo single, "Nothing Without Love." The joyous song, produced by frequent collaborators Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie, has that signature sky-high Ruess falsetto and Bhasker's instantly recognizable emotional piano backed by a booming beat.
Between shots of him floating at sea and walking the deserted streets, Nate dances in a field in a seeming daydream with his perfect love as he sings, "Three years at sea after the storm/And this sinking ship-love you put me on/ God, I wish a gust of wind would come/ And carry me home... She made me feel whole, you know/ I am, I'm nothing without love."
The song also features backing vocals from Swedish singer Lykke Li and guitar from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Josh Klinghoffer. Ruess recently told Rolling Stone that he started working on "Love" for the next fun. album -- inspired by his relationship with fashion designer Charlotte Ronson -- but then realized it was so personal it should be his first effort under his own name.
"It felt so believable; I was saying what I was thinking," Ruess said. "This is the first time I've been comfortable in my own skin, and it's with someone who's comfortable in their own skin. The reason I'm making a solo album is because it's the first time."