Music: Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," "Castle on the Hill"
I’m not even going to pretend like you don’t already know that Ed Sheeran has already taken over 2017. Within a single week, he made all of Twitter a cerulean blue, created a Snapchat filter, and resurrected as a newly identified pop artist.
On January 6, Ed released two new singles which were revealed to be featured on his upcoming album, Divide. Both of the songs jumped to take the first and second slots on the iTunes charts, creating a record that has never been achieved before. Following the tradition of his simple album art, both songs find themselves on blue sheets with frayed white division signs. A classic Ed Sheeran mathematician/musician/genius move.
“Shape of You” was the first song that led the internet to break out into hysteria of excitement. Prior to the song being out on iTunes and Spotify, Snapchat released a filter that put groovy sunglasses on the user and played the first verse of the song. All 3 minutes 53 seconds of the song put you in a trance, making it inevitable for you to stay seated while listening. The sound is similar to what you would expect to hear when stepping onto an island. Although the song has a sound a bit unordinary from the collection of acoustic guitar ballads, the lyrics still hold that special Ed Sheeran touch.
My favorite of the two, “Castle on the Hill,” is the epitome of reminiscing and growing up and every kind of Peter Pan feel you could have. The actual music is more like what is found on the Plus and Multiply albums, featuring a mellow and acoustic sound. Ed tells the story of traveling back to his hometown and the adventures and aspects that filled his childhood through the song, making you feel as though you too are, “driving at ninety down those country lanes, singing to ‘Tiny Dancer.’” As I’m nearing the end of my senior year, this song really hit home when I listened to it. (And by hit home, I mean I was sobbing into the late hours of the night over it.) Needless to say, I didn’t waste any time and jumped on learning the song on my guitar before I had even learned the chorus.