Ed Sheeran has always had minimalistic production using loop pedals to create a bigger sound. But on his second promotional single from his forthcoming third studio album we hear him taking a bit of a risk. Think of “Castle On The Hill” as a result if Mumford And Sons and Ed Sheeran had a musical love child. It has that big folk inspired pop/rock hook that explodes unlike any of his previous tracks. It has a euphoric feeling that challenges some of the biggest tracks on current mainstream pop radio. From a first listen this is the strongest of the two promotional singles as it is made to be heard live in a stadium setting with 50,000+ people singing along. The lyrical imagery is impressive and if you close your eyes, you can literally visualise the storyline coming to life. “I’m on my way, driving at 90 down those country lanes singing to Tiny Dancer. And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real. We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill”. It’s not an emotional ballad of heartbreak or regret like we are used to from the songwriter but it’s a powerful love story that is worth a listen. With these two vastly different singles I am intrigued to hear what the rest of his album will deliver but whatever it is, it’s going to be good.