by John | Jan 6, 2017 |

Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill": a Homage to Framlingham

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The world famous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran today released not one but two new singles in anticipation of his upcoming 2017 album “÷ (Divide)”. The first new studio recordings since his album X in 2014, Sheeran’s new singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” are not only noteworthy for the increasing talent and progression that Sheeran displays, but for their references to the singer’s upbringing in his beloved Framlingham.

Both songs were posted on streaming and download services in the early hours of the morning, with Sheeran commenting: “Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”

Despite Sheeran’s age (it is sometimes easy to forget that the singer is only 25), “Castle on the Hill” captures a maturity beyond the singer’s years. Speaking on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Ed explained that the song “is a love song for Suffolk because I don't think anyone has ever done that. I've shot the music video actually in Suffolk and the cast of it are people from my high school. The main guy who looks just like me is weirdly from my sixth form." It’s certainly heartwarming to see that Sheeran, despite his rapid rise to fame and staggering success, still has time for the county that made him.

Sheeran’s label Atlantic explained that Shape of You “dismantles and rebuilds modern pop music using little more than a loop pedal”, while Castle on the Hill is intended as a “homage to growing up in Framlingham, Suffolk”. Similarities to Bruce Springsteen's “Born to Run” have already been noted - not bad at all for a Fram boy!

Sheeran became a major global star after signing to Atlantic in 2011. His second album, X, received 90 platinum certifications worldwide, and was No 1 for 12 weeks in the UK. Here’s hoping that the new album includes even more Framlingham references - we will certainly be keeping our ears open!

Why not experience Framlingham for yourself, and visit the stunning castle that inspired the megastar? The Cottage in Dennington is just a short drive away from Framlingham, a perfect base from which to explore the market town.


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