Before Harry Types released his first solo album in 2017, no person had any concept what to anticipate. One second he was on The X Factor singing Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn to Sinitta in canvas M&S slippers and a mum scarf, and the subsequent he was coated in tatts, showing in high-fashion spreads wanting like he had most likely caught no less than one STI (one of many cooler ones, like chlamydia). Would he sound like a former boyband member, or the mini Mick Jagger he had styled himself as? The ensuing self-titled debut was each: rock-influenced, comfortably cool, interesting to his teen fanbase and newer grownup followers alike.
With album two on the horizon, might Types’s subsequent inventive persona be coming into view? A few years have handed since his debut and he has now absolutely solidified himself as somebody who wears Gucci flares, hangs with Stevie Nicks and writes bisexual anthems. Nonetheless, that didn’t put together anybody for the onslaught that was his recent Rolling Stone profile during which we realized that album two was born amongst a swirl of magic mushrooms, Malibu seashore events, Paul McCartney’s Ram, T-Rex’s Cosmic Dancer, Haruki Murakami novels, transcendental meditation, a break-up with Instagram mannequin Camille Rowe and an outdated American sport known as Cornhole, the place you fling some sacks into distant holes. Or, in his phrases: “It’s all about having intercourse and feeling unhappy.”
From that unusual combo, you’d be forgiven for pondering this album goes to be Mom Earth’s Plantasia with some spoken-word poetry about shagging excessive. But when we’ve got realized something from what pop stars say their albums are influenced by, and what they really find yourself sounding like, we all know there may be often fairly a considerable hole in between. Zayn Malik, as an example, was mentioned to be closely influenced by Frank Ocean. Taylor Swift has spoken about her love of Annie Lennox. Grimes is obsessive about OutKast and Device. In truth, Types was lately noticed with tremendous pop producer Max Martin, so possibly the brand new document is definitely wall-to-wall bangers. Or, was his latest transfer of turning down the position of Prince Eric within the live-action version of The Little Mermaid as a result of he’s obtained a group of OTT water-themed musical numbers tucked up his billowing sleeves?
Look, let’s be trustworthy, the brand new Harry Styles album might be going to be a bunch of basic rock songs, with a handful of instrumental psychedelic breakdowns and no less than one monitor that’s 9 minutes lengthy (musicians who get into mushrooms at all times begin releasing actually lengthy songs; I don’t make the foundations). All we all know to be 100% true at this level is that Types might launch 18 songs of him viscerally screaming over a distant banjo and the shiny journal covers would nonetheless maintain coming in.