English singer-songwriter and musician Ed Sheeran announces his new album “÷”, his first since 2014, with two new tracks.
“Castle on the hill” is a dramatic pop-rock song written by Sheeran and Benny Blanco, and produced by the latter.
It’s about his loyal group of friends from Suffolk, many of whom he still sees, and how they have managed since in the time it took him to become the biggest male pop star in the world.
Benny Blanco described the track as a “life-affirming pop rocket”.
On Sheeran’s “Shape of you”, which he cowrote with Snow Patrol‘s Johnny McDaid and pop producer Steve Mac, he sings over a Marimba-fueled percussive sway about a budding romance.
Sonically it’s more similar to his tracks like “You need me, I don’t need you” and “Sing”.
The new tracks come after Ed spent more than a year away from stage and social media.