Thankfully, that’s exactly what she’s delivered with her new promotional single “Explosions,” which has much of the grandeur that was so dazzling on her debut LP Lights. The song boasts a typically heartbreaking vocal performance from Goulding, and you can listen to it below.
A chilly a cappella choir kicks off the song as ambient drums swell, leading up to a tense chorus: “I’m falling from grace / took a blow to my face / I’ve loved and I’ve lost / I’ve loved and I’ve lost,” Ellie sings over the eerie instrumentation. After the chorus, the piano drops and the production surges to a roar, evoking Adele‘s “Set Fire to the Rain” in its melodramatic scale.
“Explosions” may not be as radio-friendly as the ultra-poppy “Lights,” but even if the new track doesn’t end up being a hit, it’s likely to be a fan favorite.