Ed Sheeran Releases New Song “Eyes Closed”
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran released a new song “Eyes Closed” along with a music video on March 24, 2023.
The song is taken from his upcoming fifth studio album “-” (Subtract), which is set to be released on May 5, 2023.
Also, the song was prominently featured in the first trailer of his upcoming Disney+ documentary “Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All”, that will explore details of his private life.
The track was written by Ed Sheeran, Max Martin, Johan Schuster, and Fred Gibson. Produced by Aaron Dessner, FRED, Max Martin and Shellback.
“This song is about losing someone, feeling like every time you go out and you expect to just bump into them, and everything just reminds you of them and the things you did together,” Ed Sheeran said of the song in a statement. “You sorta have to take yourself out of reality sometimes to numb the pain of loss, but certain things just bring you right back into it.”
The accompanying video was directed by Mia Barnes. He dropped a trailer for the video as a prologue yesterday.
The video is inspired by the story of the 1950 classic “Harvey”, where the main character has an imaginary giant rabbit as a friend, sprung to mind.
“There's also a book I read my daughters where sadness is encapsulated by an imaginary creature. Often sadness is something that follows you around, engulfing the rooms you're in, and you can feel and see it, but no one else around you can,” Ed Sheeran explained. “So I decided to create my own big blue monster for the video. He gets bigger and bigger as the video goes on, til he takes up whole rooms, and is all I can see, just like sadness.”
The new album comprises 18-track. It is his first album in two yeas since 2021 album “=”.
Ed Sheeran said of the album, “I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be. Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art.
Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week I replaced a decade's worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts.
Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth. My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly, and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter. I was spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air.
As an artist I didn't feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn't accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life. This album is purely that. It's opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time, I'm not trying to craft an album people will like, I'm merely putting something out that's honest and true to where I am in my adult life.
This is last February's diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is Subtract.”
Photo by Annie Leibovitz
- source : Apple Music