Christmas came a little late for Ed Sheeran fans when the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter released new music for the first time in over a year at Midnight on Friday (Jan. 6). Sheeran has been teasing fans with new music since the beginning of the new year and they’ve been anticipating new material ever since. Sheeran dropped two songs entitled “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” and while both showcase the classic Sheeran style of music, both are still very different.
“Cause I’ve been away for a bit, here’s two singles rather than one,” Sheeran tweeted along with the links to the two tracks.
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) January 6, 2017
“Castle on the Hill” delivers the sound of classic Ed Sheeran and what we all love about him. The track recalls hometown memories, giving the listener a closer look on his memories through the years. “I was younger then / take me back to when I found my heart and broke it here / made friends and lost them through the years,” Sheeran sings. The track was written and produced by Sheeran and Benny Blanco
“Shape of You” gives off a different vibe than the music Sheeran has released in the past. It’s an upbeat, radio ready track that is bound to be on the top 10 in weeks to come. You could even dance to in the club, which is ironic because Sheeran sings “A club isn’t the place to find a lover / so the bar is where I go.” Perhaps the club isn’t a place to find a lover but you can dance to a Sheeran song, no problem. “Shape of You” is certainly one of the best the 25-year old has put out in a long time. Sheeran co-wrote the song with Johnny McDaid.
The singer announced in December of 2015 that he would be taking an extended hiatus after wrapping up his 16-month-long world tour. He released his debut + in 2011 and followed it up with his sophomore release of X in 2014. With a mathematical theme in tact, we think it is safe to say that his next album, which does not have a release date at this time will be entitled Divide due to his short video he posted earlier this week of a division sign.
You can purchase and stream “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” here