Harry Styles has unveiled his debut solo single ‘Sign Of The Times’.
The track, a guitar-driven ballad, received its first play on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on April 7. “It’s the song I’m most proud of writing, I think,” Styles told Nick Grimshaw shortly after it premiered.
Styles co-wrote the track with producer Jeff Bhasker, who has previously worked with Kanye West, Jay Z and Mark Ronson. He will perform it on Saturday Night Live in the US on April 15 and The Graham Norton Show in the UK on April 21.
The full video is coming later this month, his PR team have confirmed.
Styles also revealed that he recorded his upcoming solo album in Jamaica to keep himself away from distractions.
The One Direction boy band, which broke up last year and crushed the hearts of young millennials the world over, earlier heard the successful solo breakout album from Zayn Malik, a fellow 1Der, which Styles now joins with his single release.
“Sign of the Times,” is not even structured like a normal pop single. At nearly six minutes long, it’s far too long for the tastes of radio programmers, who prefer their tunes bite-sized at around three minutes. It also starts with a hushed piano intro, before crashing into its pre-chorus and chorus and then going out on an extended outro in which Styles wails, “We got to get away!”
Styles, who stars in upcoming World War Two drama “Dunkirk”, said he was “nervous” before introducing the track.
“It’s a bit weird. I feel like I’ve been hibernating in the studio for so long,” he said. “You hear it in the safety of the studio…(and now) it’s time to give birth.”
Upon its debut, British media were quick to draw comparisons with the late David Bowie’s music.
The originally five-member One Direction formed on British television talent show “The X Factor” in 2010 and won legions of fans around the world soon after. The best-selling group was reduced to four members in March 2015 when Zayn Malik announced he was quitting the band.
A few months later, Styles, Horan, Tomlinson and fellow member Liam Payne said the group would be taking a break from early 2016.