Surprise! Sam Smith just released a new song. Did you see that coming?
23-year-old English singer Sam Smith just released a new song, “Drowning Shadows.” The “Stay With Me” singer premiered his song on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show on Monday, November 2. Smith said that his new song is the saddest song that he has ever written. He also added that it is probably the “least radio-friendly song” he has ever written. According to Rolling Stone, the track is included in the deluxe edition of Smith’s debut LP, “In the Lonely Hour,” which will be available on November 6.
Smith revealed that he wrote “Drowning Shadows” before “I’m Not the Only One,” “Stay With Me”, and his other early songs. However, he was not able to settle a proper arrangement for it.
“I wanted to remind everyone where I come from as a songwriter and what my intent was when I was writing this album,” Smith told Lowe.
“I always loved it, but something didn’t happen right with the production when we were going through different versions of it. Something didn’t work. I thought of it recently when we were thinking about the repackage, and we went in and just did it with piano,” the singer-songwriter explained.
Smith also talked about what inspired him to write the song. He revealed that it was inspired by taxi rides leaving the recording studio, in which he would arrive at thematic crossroads. He explained:
“One road would lead to gay clubs I used to go out to, and the other road would go home. I was in such a lonely, sad place when I was writing this album that sometimes, I’d literally have to choose. The lyric is, ‘Do I go home for nothing or stay out for more?’”
Smith was also responsible for the theme song of the upcoming Bond film, “Spectre.” According to The Guardian, Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” made him the first artist to achieve a No. 1 song with a Bond theme.
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