So it’s safe to say that, in large, 2016 has been stored away in our memories as the year of which we do not speak. It had some high points, some really incredible things happened in music and pop culture, but we should have followed suit when Ed Sheeran said he was taking a year off, we might all be better off for it now.
Alas, we did not follow suit but that year-long hiatus that Ed enjoyed is over and he is back with a vengeance, pulling on our emotions with two new songs that absolutely smash it. The truth is, we never expected anything less from the absolute legend, but we fall more in love with him each time he puts out a new song. Ed puts his heart and his emotions on display when he creates a tune. From the lyrics to the beat behind them, everything fits perfectly together and stands to get a rise out of the emotions of listeners.
‘Shape of You‘ is the first song we listened to upon the release of two new songs within the last hour and it is catchy. It’s also the song we heard a bit of via Snapchat today. It’s a dance tune, one you’ll probably listen to when you have a few drinks on the weekend. It’s a perfect radio tune and you’re almost guaranteed to hear it at clubs and bars in no time. ‘Shape of You’ makes you think of the kind of person who burns you with their touch, but it’s a pain you sort of live for. The person who leaves you with a scar you’re proud to have. The song emits the same feeling, you can’t get enough of it.
“Girl, you know I want your love, your love was handmade for somebody like me. Come on now follow my lead, I may be crazy, don’t mind me. Boy, let’s not talk too much, grab on my waist and put that body on me. Come on now follow my lead, come on now follow my lead”
‘Castle on the Hill‘ is the second release and it’s got a different feel but a similar emotional pull. It takes you back to the sort of feeling you got when you thought that maybe you were invincible. Like your group of friends and your lover were the kind of people they wrote storybooks about. It is nostalgia set to music, it’s a slideshow of the pictures you didn’t know you captured in your mind. It’s the conversations you had late at night when the entire world was at your feet. Maybe for some of us, it’s a song that encourages us to live that way now. Like we’re all going back to that ‘castle on the hill’ whatever that may be for us.
“My first kiss on Friday night, I don’t reckon I did it right…I was younger then. Take me back to when we found weekend jobs when we got paid we’d buy cheap spirits and drink them straight. Me and my friends have not thrown up in so long, oh how we’ve grown…I can’t wait to go home.”
If you’ve done yourself the favor of listening to both of the songs, tweet us at @CelebMix and let us know what you think of them. If you’re still a bit caught up in all your feelings from listening to Castle on the Hill we get it, we are too.