British singer Sam Smith’s new track may be the saddest song he’s ever written.
The 23 years old is best recognized for heartbreaking tracks Stay With Me and I’m Not the Only One from his hit album In the Lonely Hour, but he believes his new material is even darker. Drowning Shadows, on the list of tracks around the repackaged album, could be the “least radio-friendly song” he’s ever penned. Check Writing’s On The Wall sheet music here.
“This is proper, really dark,” he told Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 World Record radio show. “It’s extremely important for me to make soulful, true, artistic music and also to make a point that I’m not about to do a repackage and place on there an immense, massive single that’s hopefully about to boost album sales. Drowning Shadows will be the saddest song I have ever written.”
The original version on the record achieved international success, going 6-times platinum in the UK and 2-times platinum in the United States, and also earning Sam a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.
The singer really wants to give fans one final batch of heartfelt songs to absorb before he begins a hiatus.
“I found myself recently pressing myself to publish songs,” he explained. “You’ve got to have these songs to cement all of your career, but there’s an instant where I settle back and think, ‘Actually, my dreams have fallen true, I’m just living the most wonderful life right now, so just why don’t I settle back, enjoy myself, go on a breath, kiss some other boys and write some other songs?’”
Sam offers to go home and spend more time his family and offer himself opportunity to take in the whirlwind of his achievements in the last couple of years.
“I’ve been going mobile phone . three years non-stop and it also feels right to just go back home and just live playing and be a 23 yr old,” he told ET Online a few weeks ago (Oct15).