In Review: Ed Sheeran’s New Singles

After a long-awaited return, Ed Sheeran has released two new singles, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, along with two new videos to go with them. The tracks, both from his upcoming album Divide which drops March 3, have resided in the top two spots on the singles charts for the past three weeks and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere any time soon.

The Castle on the Hill video was the first to be released (Jan 23) and tells a tale of nostalgia and childhood reminiscence. Misty country landscapes guide a young Sheeran and his mates through life, love and adolescence. We see them strolling through fields and parties and enjoying the time that they have together while making the lasting memories that Sheeran so fondly sings about. The video was shot in Sheeran’s hometown of Framlingham in Suffolk, England and Sheeran even went to his old high school to cast his doppelganger. It’s a video that we can all relate to and can’t help but make you smile.

From country lanes to a boxing ring, Sheeran really knows how to switch it up. In the Shape of You video that came out on Monday (Jan 30), he stars as a tough, athletic boxer with something to prove. While training, he crosses paths with a fellow boxer (Jennie Pegouskie) and they immediately hit it off. We see the pair eat together, train together and make googly eyes at each other until Ed’s love interest up and leaves. A rage-fuelled training montage ensues as he prepares for an upcoming match that turns out to be a sumo fight. Sheeran struggles around the ring against the sumo wrestler (Yamamotoyama Ryūta) who is almost three times his size but he inevitably lucks out and finds himself flat on the floor.

These two videos really highlight the contrast between the two singles in relation to their sound and their subject matter. I’m excited to see what else Ed decides to dish out in Divide.

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Featured Image Credit: Ed Sheeran Facebook

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