We were “Wide Awake” last night, waiting for Eric Saade’s latest single to drop at midnight. We might have been bleary eyed this morning, but our favourite manboy didn’t disappoint. The Gustaf Norén collaboration is the second cut from his upcoming EP.
Eric Saade feat. Gustaf Norén “Wide Awake”
Just like his previous single “Colors”, “Wide Awake” is an electropop track which draws influences from everywhere — dance hall beats meet Arabic rhythms. With an inescapably catchy chorus and tropical vibes, the song is an instant earworm which becomes lodged in your brain after just one listen.
The lyrics describe how Eric is addicted to loving someone, but his love isn’t reciprocated — “I want your love but your love’s not in the air”. The “Popular” hitmaker acknowledges the problem, yet he can’t let go — “I wanna believe I can leave but it makes me scared”.
As with “Colors”, the the track is produced and written by State of Sound together with Gustaf Norén and Saade himself. Sweden’s Eurovision 2011 star has concentrated on reinvention after finishing fourth at Melodifestivalen 2015. In an interview with Swedish tabloid Expressen, Saade explains that he grew tired of his old music and decided not to release an album as planned. Instead he wanted to start over from zero. Once he began working with State of Sound, he found the drive to record new music again.
Eric Saade interview at Melodifestivalen 2015
Eric is set to release his new EP later this summer, but he won’t be jumping aboard a tour bus. Instead he plans to collect ideas, travel and just take it easy. We hope to see him back on stage soon.
Does Eric Saade keep you wide awake with his new single? Or do you miss his old sound? Let us know in the comments.
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