Ed Sheeran just released Sing, the lead single of his upcoming album Multiply (stylized as x). It features Pharrell and his influence is undeniable. The song was surprising, to say the least. Ed Sheeran made his debut to mainstream music with an album that was soul-sensitive and quite dark. He was the heartbroken lovedrunk classmate that writes songs but ends up with layering poetic sequences. Hence, the vibe and atmosphere of this new single is something to look forward to.
Hip-hop has always been vital to Ed Sheeran’s writing. He loves it. He listens to rappers. I like to think that hip-hop is poetry that’s enveloped in ostinato and rhythm. It’s just a tad bit sassier than text. Sing is upbeat and simply sexy. The totality of this sophomore album is bound to be edgier and daring. It challenges genre-barriers and the conventions of popular music. To be convenient, iTunes needs to come up with a new category all together. “Good Music” will do the trick.
It’s easy to assume that Ed Sheeran wrote most, if not all, of the songs while on tour with the pretty pristine Taylor Swift. Thus, his songs won’t lose the drama we just relate to. The release of this album is exciting. The public is bound to receive Multiply quite well. After all, the best songs are written on the road, while trashin’ the hotel room and not caring, or in the a-team.
Sing is on loop. It’s late in the evening (This is the first line of the new single. Listen to it. Seriously, do it right now.) but the night has just begun. ■