In 2011 I was still living in Brazil – still living my young life at age 24, and yet questioning who where those kids singing “What Makes You Beautiful” everywhere I went or radio station I tuned on.
Having lived through the peak era of boy bands during my teens (and jealous of all the attention girls where giving to them – I won’t lie), I thought this format was long gone. And yet, as I listened to that song from One Direction – one the first times in fact – I remember saying “this one here has an amazing talent. Out of all of them he is the one I will expect great things from” – and that member was Harry Styles.
Harry Styles has recently released the first single of his upcoming album – a song called “Sign Of The Times”. While I don’t agree with the position some reviews have given to him, as being a possible “new David Bowie”, the inspiration is undeniable. But not only from David Bowie. The song has also elements of Pink Floyd, The Doors, and many others.
It is impossible to deny how much music has changed in only a few years. And yet, it is beautiful and amazing to see a young artist create music with elements and characteristics that many people grew up with and still love and cherish.
All I can say based on this music, and from I said back in 2011 – I cannot wait for this album to be released. Definitely my biggest expectation for 2017.
The release will be on 12 May – by Harry’s own label, Erskine Records.
Listen to the single on Spotify: