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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Sheeran will premiere a visual for Overpass Graffiti later today, directed by Jason Koenig.

Image: Dan Martensen.

Global hit-maker Ed Sheeran's hotly-anticipated fifth studio album, = (Equals), is finally here!

Written and recorded across Suffolk, London, Sweden and LA, = (Equals) features the previously released hits Bad Habits and Shiver, as well as the musicians tribute to his mentor and friend, the late Michael Gudinski. Across the fourteen tracks, Sheeran explores themes of love, loss and resilience, whilst also coming to terms with the juxtaposition of his reality and career.

The musician serves as executive producer, alongside FRED (No.6 Collaborations Project) and Johnny McDaid (Divide), and also teams up with a number of collaborators, including Steve Mac, Joe Rubel, Amy Wadge, Foy Vance, Elvira Anderfjard, David Hodges, Andrew Watt, Lou Bell, Natalie Hemby, Ben Kweller, and his own brother Matthew. Sheeran took on a new creative roll this cycle, with the albums cover art featuring an own abstract painting from Sheeran himself.

Speaking of the record, Sheeran shares: “= (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me. My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”

Alongside the release arrives the albums official third single, Overpass Graffiti. Continuing the sonics explored on Bad Habits, the synth-led release reflects on a past relationship and its demise, bringing 80's based nostalgic sounds. Sheeran will premiere a visual for the track later today, directed by Jason Koenig.

= (Equals) is out now!


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