For the first time in five years, Adele just gave fans a taste of new music.
On October 9, the singer took to Instagram Live to preview her newest single “Easy on Me,” which is set to drop in full on October 15. Towards the end of her broadcast, Adele shared a hint of the song despite fears that she “might get in trouble for playing it.” By the time she cut the broadcast, her phone was apparently “buzzing,” so she may have been right about that.
Still, it was definitely worth it for listeners. From what we heard, “Easy on Me” is exactly the kind of heartbreaking ballad we have been missing from Adele over the last five years. “There ain’t no gold in this river that I’ve been washing my hands in forever,” she sings. “I know there is hope in these waters but I can’t bring myself to swim when I am drowning in this silence. Baby, let me in.”
As you can see in the clip, fans went wild when she started playing her latest track, but the enthusiasm didn’t stop there. Just one tweet from the Stan account, @adeledailynet received over 58,000 likes and around 19,000 retweets.
“Adele really just debuted her first single in 5 years on Instagram live with zero warning. My soul just left my body,” one fan tweeted, while another added, “Adele’s new album already has me in a chokehold and it’s not even out yet.”
Adele actually opened up about this particular song (and much more) in her recent interview with British Vogue. Like most of her upcoming fourth studio album, she wrote “Easy on Me” for her son, Angelo, amid her divorce from his father, Simon Konecki.
“My son has had a lot of questions. Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don’t have an answer for.” Like? “‘Why can’t you still live together?’” Adele told British Vogue. “I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”
She continued, “It’s not like anyone’s having a go at me, but it’s like, I left the marriage. Be kind to me as well. It was the first song I wrote for the album and then I didn’t write anything else for six months after because I was like, ‘OK, well, I’ve said it all.’”