Emeli Sandé is about to release her fifth album, “How Were We To Know?”, on 17th November. She has just launched the superb and uplifting lead single from it, “There For You”.
The album sees Emeli using her inimitable voice to its full astonishing potential. Fans have fallen for Emeli’s immense talents over the course of a career that now surpasses a decade.
With two No.1 singles, which contribute to a total of eleven Top 10 hits, and phenomenal album success, led by the chart-topping, 8 x Platinum debut, “Our Version Of Events” in 2012, which became one of the best-selling albums of the decade, contributing to her career total of 25 million sales to date.
“How Were We To Know?” explores intimate encounters with love in all its forms, along with the risks required to pursue it. Its rich, relatable spectrum of emotions spans heartbreak, grief and joy, with ruminations upon mourning a relationship that broke down through to the blissful, heady rush of a love that’s just beginning to bloom. Love can make you giddy. It breaks your heart. It makes you a little crazy. It sends you into dizzying highs and crashing lows. All of those feelings and more emerge powerfully throughout the album.
Navigating love’s curious contradictions is a particularly dominant theme in the album’s lead single “There For You”. Emeli’s timeless voice balances strident determination and soft vulnerability in a stirring soul-pop song full of subtle Eighties textures: from the thrum of the bass to the thump of the beats, as well as the classic sound of the Yamaha DX7 and a euphoric saxophone solo. Co-written is with music manager and writer Daniel Caruana and produced by Daniel McKenzie.
The album’s intimacy was further unlocked as Emeli called on trusted collaborators, including Mac & Phil and Jonny Coffer, key contributors to her second album “Long Live The Angels”, and Ollie Green, who worked on last year’s critically adored “Let’s Say For Instance” including the hit “Brighter Days”.
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