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Ed Sheeran Announces Aaron Dessner-Produced New Album 'Autumn Variations'

Friday, 25 August 2023 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Ed Sheeran has announced a new album.

The follow-up to this May's '-' is called 'Autumn Variations' and will arrive on September 29 through his own Gingerbread Man Records. It was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, who Sheeran worked with on its predecessor.

Instead of sharing the first single alongside news of the record, the English singer-songwriter has shared a statement about the inspiration for it:

“Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes. After the heat of the summer, everything either calmed, settled, fell apart, came to a head or imploded.

“When I went through a difficult time at the start of last year, writing songs helped me understand my feelings and come to terms with what was going on, and when I learned about my friend’s different situations, I wrote songs, some from their perspectives, some from mine, to capture how they and I viewed the world at that time. There were highs of falling in love and new friendships among lows of heartbreak, depression, loneliness and confusion.

“My dad and brother told me about a composer called Elgar, who composed ‘Enigma Variations’, where each of the 14 compositions were about a different one of his friends. This is what inspired me to make this album. When I recorded Subtract with Aaron Dessner, we clicked immediately. We wrote and recorded non-stop and this album was born out of that partnership. I feel he has captured the feeling of autumn so wonderfully in his sonics and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”

Sheeran is currently taking his + – = ÷ x Tour (pronounced Mathematics Tour) across North America. It will continue with the first of two nights at Seattle's Paramount Theatre tonight (August 25). 

'Autumn Variations' artwork:

'Autumn Variations' tracklist:

  1. Magical
  2. England
  3. Amazing
  4. Plastic Bag
  5. Blue
  6. American Town
  7. That’s On Me
  8. Page
  9. Midnight
  10. Spring
  11. Punchline
  12. When Will I Be Alright
  13. The Day I Was Born
  14. Head > Heels

Ed Sheeran Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri August 25 2023 - SEATTLE Washington - Paramount Theatre (USA)
Sat August 26 2023 - SEATTLE Washington - Lumen Field (USA)
Fri September 01 2023 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver (Canada)
Sat September 02 2023 - VANCOUVER - Vancouver (Canada)
Sat September 09 2023 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Allegiant Stadium (USA)
Fri September 15 2023 - OAKLAND California - Fox Theater Oakland (USA)
Sat September 16 2023 - SANTA CLARA California - Levi's Stadium (USA)
Fri September 22 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Shrine Auditorium at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall - Complex (USA)
Sat September 23 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - SoFi Stadium (USA)
Wed October 18 2023 - HIGHLAND California - Yaamava’ Theater at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino - Complex (USA)
Sun October 22 2023 - HOLLYWOOD Florida - Hard Rock Live (USA)

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