Emeli Sandé Releases New Album “How Were We To Know”
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé released her fifth studio album “How Were We To Know” on November 17, 2023 via Chrysalis Records.
It is her first album in a year and a half since the 2022 album “Let's Say for Instance”.
The album comprises 11-track, produced by Adam Lee, Chris Loco, Daniel McKenzie, Darren Jones, Emeli Sandé, Jonny Coffer, Mac & Phil, Ollie Green, Philip Leigh, RACHET and Shaquille Tevin Douglas.
The album is an emotional exploration of love, reflecting the recovery from heartbreak and sadness and the elation of falling in love.
“Once you've been hurt, it's very hard to pick up the pieces again and allow yourself to be vulnerable. So I think these songs explore the bravery of love, and loving others but also yourself," Emeli Sandé said of the album. "These songs were pieces of a puzzle I had to put together, and now feels like the right time to share them. These are tales from a hopeless romantic. I'm very romantic, and it gets me in trouble sometimes!”
- Emeli Sandé told Women In Pop about the album, “If I look at the oldest songs to the newest, it took about eight years to make if it's all there together. It talks about the last decade, and I'm really happy that the songs have had time to marinate. I started the album with a question of, 'what am I supposed to do with all of this love?' and then I want the listener to really hear the journey of finally getting to the final song of love, and that submission into love. I just tried to be as vulnerable as I could, and put my heart fully on my sleeve, put as much passion into it as possible. I'm really happy how it turned out and excited to release it.”
Emeli Sandé explained about some tracks for the album.
“All This Love”
“If we go through heartbreak, or experience unrequited love, we can end up channelling it in more destructive ways. I'm very much an all-or-nothing person, so after a relationship ends, I'm like, 'What am I supposed to do with all this love?' We have so much energy, so much love as human beings that if it isn't being expelled in the right way, we're stressed, and we're anxious.”
“How Were We To Know”
“I wrote 'How Were We To Know' at a time in my life where I was reconciling with myself after the end of a relationship that left me undone and re-evaluating my view on love and life. I was highly emotionally charged the day I wrote, and recorded it with Chris Loco and Phil Leigh and the lyrics and melody seemed to flow out effortlessly as the chords began to play.
There will always be a period of anger, disappointment and blame at the end of a relationship but carrying those emotions can make life so much heavier than it needs to be. To fall in love takes bravery, vulnerability and completely letting go of logic. To me, love is a return to innocence which can often leave you naïve to the realities of life. Although the end can be brutal and leave you devastated, it's unfair to punish yourself for giving your all and trusting in love. I see this song as a plea for understanding and compassion for yourself and former relationships. In both life and love there is no way of knowing the ultimate outcome of any situation.”
“There For You”
“'There For You' is about how I'll always have love for the people I've been with. Even if I'm pissed off with them for a couple of years, I'll always care for them, I'll always want to know they're OK. Because once you've committed to that love with someone, it doesn't just go away.”
“These are tales from a hopeless romantic. I'm very romantic and it gets me in trouble sometimes!”
Photo by Jack Alexander
- source : Apple Music