Harry Styles is here.
One Direction fans have been the most curious about Harry Styles' solo career since 1D split. Maybe because he's the most charming of the lot, or is it because he's kept tight-lipped about nearly everything up until now. His rollout leading up to "Sign Of The Times," the first release off his forthcoming album (which is reportedly out soon), has been carefully calculated. It began with a mysterious television ad in the U.K., then the unveiling of the song's title and cover art. A few days later, The Sun magically obtained photos from his video shoot – it showed the 23-year-old floating over the sea, which makes for a swell backdrop as Styles sings about the world's prickly social state over a somber rock-piano melody.
"We don't talk enough / We should open up," he sings over cinematic background vocals and building drums. "Before it's all too much / Will we ever learn? / We've been here before / It's just what we know."
Styles opened up to Radio One Breakfast Show's Nick Grimshaw about his new album and getting advice from Ed Sheeran. Harry said he made his album “as the fan” because he wanted to make “what [he] wanted to listen to”. He said: “In the least weird way possible, it’s my favourite album to listen to at the moment. I think if you put out something that you don’t stand behind and really love, then if it doesn’t go well then you could regret not doing what you wanted to do.
“Whereas if nothing happens with it, I love it you know so I think that’s what you should do. I think that’s been my favourite part to the overall thing is listening to the album and making all the changes – it has been fun to watch over it all.”