After a little hiatus of over a year, Ed Sheeran is back. The British crooner returns to deliver not one, but two new singles—”Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You”— off his recently announced third album.
To kick things off, Ed Sheeran shares the first single called, “Shape of You”, which is produced by Steve Mac and co-produced by Sheeran and co-written with Johnny McDaid. The track is a catchy single, which finds Sheeran expressing physical and emotional attraction for his lady, while kicking it at a bar. He sings, “I’m in the love with the shape of you / We push and pull like a magnet do,” he sings over his signature loop pedal. “Although my heart is falling too / I’m in love with your body.”
Listen to it here:
Next is his second single, “Castle on the Hill,” which is written and produced by Sheeran and Benny Blanco. The track has the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter giving us an introspective look on growing up in the English countryside town of Framlingham, Suffolk. Over driving guitar riffs, he recalls having his first kiss and getting drunk with his friends all while longing to relive the memories of his past. He sings, “Take me back to when we found weekend jobs / When we got paid, we’d buy cheap spirits and drink them straight,” he sings. “Me and my friends have not thrown up in so long / Oh how we’ve grown / I can’t wait to go home.”
Despite being out of the spotlight for nearly all of 2016, Ed Sheeran has been working behind the scenes for some of the year’s biggest hits. As one of the world’s most in-demand songwriters, he penned “Cold Water” for Major Lazer and “Love Yourself” for Justin Bieber. With that in mind, we look forward to see what he’ll bring for his third studio album.
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Listen to the track below: