Ed Sheeran will release new album ‘Autumn Variations’ on September 29th.
The songwriter seems to be in productive mode, following his tender, open album ‘Subtract’ earlier this year. That project closed his mathematical series, and the stripped back production was co-piloted by Aaron Dessner.
Seemingly the two found a creative seam, with Ed Sheeran now laying out plans for something new. 14-song album ‘Autumn Variations’ resumed their partnership, and it represents the English artist’s second album in 12 months.
The title nods to a project from Elgar, while also dipping into the reflective mode of the titular season.
Here’s a note from Ed Sheeran…
“Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes. After the heat of the summer, everything either calmed, settled, fell apart, came to a head or imploded.”
“When I went through a difficult time at the start of last year, writing songs helped me understand my feelings and come to terms with what was going on, and when I learned about my friend’s different situations, I wrote songs, some from their perspectives, some from mine, to capture how they and I viewed the world at that time. There were highs of falling in love and new friendships among lows of heartbreak, depression, loneliness and confusion.”
“My dad and brother told me about a composer called Elgar, who composed ‘Enigma Variations’, where each of the 14 compositions were about a different one of his friends. This is what inspired me to make this album. When I recorded Subtract with Aaron Dessner, we clicked immediately. We wrote and recorded non-stop and this album was born out of that partnership. I feel he has captured the feeling of autumn so wonderfully in his sonics and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”
Tracklisting:1. Magical2. England3. Amazing4. Plastic Bag5. Blue6. American Town7. That’s On Me8. Page9. Midnight10. Spring11. Punchline12. When Will I Be Alright13. The Day I Was Born
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