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Hear Matthew E. White’s Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Tranquility’

He released the song on the anniversary of the late actor's death

Philip Seymour Hoffman died one year ago today, and soul singer Matthew E. White marked this sad anniversary by releasing a touching tribute to the actor. “Tranquility,” the orchestral second song off of White’s upcoming release, Fresh Bloodis a sweeping, serene, and emotional homage to the late artist, whom White said he greatly admired and looked up to. He explained why he dedicated the song to Hoffman in a statement on Tumblr:

A year ago today we lost Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I didn’t know Phillip, but I had watched everything he did for 15 years. To me, he was everything one could ever want to be in an artist, and although I am no actor I was much more of a student than a fan. Very soon after his death it became crystal clear to me that I wanted to try very hard and write a song for him. He deserved something from me, something that honored him, and showed how grateful I was for all he had given. His death was immensely sad and as deaths such as these go, leaves us crushed that a life so bright has been dimmed. There is a duality in these circumstances, it’s a place where we find darkness in the light, but more powerfully, we find light in the darkness. I tried to find music that felt the same. It’s my best shot, and it’s called Tranquility.

To a man that showed me, over and over, what excellence and craft is, here is a song for you.

Stream “Tranquility” below, and catch Fresh Blood on March 9.