Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Hether debuts a new song “When U Loved Me” today—listen here. The track is the first from a forthcoming EP.

Hether is 24-year-old Paul Castelluzzo. Raised near San Diego and based in Los Angeles, Hether grew up playing Jazz and listening to T. Rex, Beach Boys, Velvet Underground and The Beatles. A guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Hether’s writing credits include guitar on “Time” by The Free Nationals, Mac Miller and Kali Uchis, Anderson .Paak’s “King James” and production on Mac Ayres Devil’s in the Details.” Castelluzzo wrote his first song as Hether in the wake of his sister’s passing and the ending of a world tour as part of the popular Bachata artist Romeo Santos’ live band.

“After she passed, I couldn’t go outside or look at the sky because I felt overwhelmingly insignificant,” says Castelluzzo. “I never sang before but the night I wrote my first song as Hether the words came pouring out. I gravitated towards the sun-bleached sounds of my childhood. The creative process was for my escape, but the making of the music was for my sister.”

“When U Loved Me” art by Marc Kalman; Hether by Aidan Cullen