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Adele Releases New Single Easy On Me

Friday, 15 October 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Simon Emmett

Adele has released her new single, Easy On Me.

The piano-led ballad is the first cut to be shared from her new album, ‘30’, which she recently confirmed will arrive on November 19. It finds the British vocalist delivering her trademark heartbreakingly candid lyrics. 

Its accompanying video was directed by Xavier Dolan, who also helmed the clip for Hello, and begins in the same house they used in the latter video. Dolan said:

“I was honestly hoping for this to happen. For me, there’s nothing stronger than artists reconnecting after years apart.  I’ve changed.  Adele’s changed.  And this is an opportunity to celebrate how we’ve both evolved, and how we’ve also both remained faithful to our dearest themes.  It’s all the same, but different.” 

The record was produced with former collaborators Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Shellback and Tobias Jesso Jr., plus new collaborators Inflo and Ludwig Göransson. Introducing the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s ’25’ this week via social media, she said:

"I was certainly nowhere near where I’d hoped to be when I first started it nearly 3 years ago. Quite the opposite actually. I rely on rou started tine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And yet there I was knowingly - willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!

"I’ve learned a lot of blistering home truths about myself along the way. I’ve shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones. Discovered genuinely useful and wholesome mentalities to lead with, and I feel like I’ve finally found my feeling again. I’d go as far as to say that I’ve never felt more peaceful in my life.

"And so, I’m really to finally put this album out.

"It was my ride or die throughout the most turbulent period of my life. When I was writing it, it was my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and a takeaway to cheer me up. My wise friend who always gives the best advice. Not to forget the one who’s wild and says "It’s your Saturn return babes fuck it, you only live once." The friend who’d stay up all night and just hold my hand while I’d sob relentlessly not knowing why. The get up and go friend who would pick me up and take me somewhere I said I didn’t want to go but just wanted to get me out of the house for some vitamin D. That friend who snuck in and left a magazine with a face mask and some bath salts to make me feel loved while inadvertently reminding me not only what month it actually was but that I should probably exercise some self-care!

"And then that friend who no matter what, checked in on me even though I’d stopped checking in with them because I’d become so consumed by my own grief. I’ve painstakingly rebuilt my house and my heart since then and this album narrates it.

"Home is where the heart is x"

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