Ed Sheeran has revealed ‘Boat’ – the opening track off his forthcoming album.

The track is joined by the official video (watch here).

Written by the English seaside amidst the extreme elements of winter, ‘Boat’ – the first song Ed wrote for his new album – serves as a metaphor for depression; a track that combats the struggles of feeling very low and not knowing how to break the cycle.

The official video, directed by Mia Barnes, further cements the message, as Ed is submerged in the sea with waves engulfing him.

‘Boat’ follows the release of Ed’s 14th UK No.1 single ‘Eyes Closed’ – a feat that saw Ed land the third-most chart-toppers in UK history, behind Elvis and The Beatles.

Ed’s soul-baring new album ‘-ʼ will be released on 5 May through Asylum/Atlantic. Written against a backdrop of grief and hope, Ed wrote and recorded the fourteen-track record with Aaron Dessner (The National) in February last year after a series of hard-hitting events impacted his life.

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