After promising new music “very soon” in June, Adele has answered our heartfelt ballad-fuelled prayers. Taking to Instagram overnight the Grammy-winning artist teased the release of her latest single, “Easy On Me” on October 15. Mark your calendars.
The video, shot in a black-and-white filter, plays a small section of the forthcoming track while the singer drives an old car and trailer with what appears to be her belongings.
The new single will be the first music Adele has released since 2016 and her first album since 2015. Speculation suggests her fourth album will be titled “30” after mysterious billboards emblazoned with the number (and the number only) were installed in cities across the United States. Adele also alluded to the album title in an Instagram post celebrating her 31st birthday.
“30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all,” she wrote in a caption. “No matter how long we’re here for life is constant and complicated at times. I’ve changed drastically in the last couple years and I’m still changing and that’s okay.”
She continued: “31 is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself. For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself people we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity. Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough. I’ll learn to love you lot eventually. Bunch of fucking savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you.”
The artist has faced many changes during her long hiatus from music. She is set to detail moments from her 2019 divorce from Simon Konecki (they finalised the divorce in 2021) in the next body of music and after going ‘Instagram official’ with Rich Paul last month, perhaps we will hear more of that relationship in the upcoming music.
Adele’s last record, 25, was released in 2015. It followed 21 in 2011 and her debut album, 19 in 2008.