After going on a hiatus in early 2016, Styles has released new music: “Sign of The Times,” a solo track.
Styles announced the new track on Instagram and Twitter March 31, positing a picture of the album artwork with the caption “SIGN.OF.THE.TIMES // 7.APRIL.17 //.” and the single debuted on Radio 1 in the U.K. and was uploaded to Styles’ Vevo account April 7.
While on the air with Nick Grimshaw of Radio 1, Styles said, ”I feel like I’ve been hibernating for so long…and now it’s time to give birth.”
“Sign of the Times” has remained in the top 15 songs of iTunes charts.
The song starts with a short and simple piano which is then accompanied by Styles’ raspy voice singing, “Just stop your crying it’s the sign of the times.” The song picks up and develops into a modern take on a classic rock song, accompanied by a steady drum beat and the continued piano rift. Electric guitars play through the chorus. The song ends with a lovely, simple, short piano piece.
Styles’ single is very repetitive and catchy. It exemplifies his vocal abilities fans would recall from Styles’ One Direction days, as Styles repeats the line “We got to get away” as the song concludes.
The musical style of the single stands out from Styles previous works with former pop band One Direction, and offers fans insight into the classic rock-esque sound Styles has to offer, that will potentially be reflected in upcoming music.
Just a week after the single dropped, Styles posted a picture on Instagram of a possible album cover and a list of tracks, including “Sign of The Times” captioned “HARRY.STYLES //12.MAY.17//.” The post received over 1,390,600 likes and images of Styles new work appeared all over social media.
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