Ellie Goulding is “Beautifully Numb” in a new piano ballad.
Goulding is going through a breakup right now, so this new somber song she left on the cutting room floor is making us feel a little emotional. “Am I in love like you? I forget,” she sings with such fragility. The tune was probably recorded before Goulding’s love went up in flames, but it’s an eerie reminder how life imitates art.
It’ll be awhile before Goulding officially releases new material. “I’m not writing new stuff,” Goulding said earlier this year said. “I’m not sure when I’ll release a new album. It might not even be next year. I need time off for my own head. My plan is to have a month off in August and do more of my charity stuff and then next year I need to live a bit. Who knows? My situation has changed.”
“Beautifully Numb” is the second song to mysteriously surface recently, the other being an anthemic mid-tempo cut titled “Kingdom.”