Ed Sheeran has officially shelved mathematics in favor of studying the season -- on his upcoming album, Autumn Variations.
Ed teased the album a week or so back, and has now officially confirmed it will drop on September 29th. On Thursday, he revealed both the track listing and the album cover, which consists of illustrations of things he associates with the fall season, like “changing trees,” “old coats,” “rough tides,” “dreams of spring,” “football,” “bad news” (with a gravestone drawing), “nights getting longer” and “serenity."
In a statement about Autumn Variations, Ed wrote, “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.” (Variety)