The most intriguing thing about Ellie Goulding’s new single, “Army,” is how achingly vulnerable it is. “I’m a pain, I’m a child, I’m afraid,” she sings on the first verse, kicking things off with a mellow, self-confessional vibe that’s drastically different from her recent single “On My Mind.” (Something tells me “Army” isn’t quite fitted for a music vid with horses riding through a casino).
But don’t be fooled: the slow build of “Army” eventually reaches a massive climax, erupting in a soaring chorus that’s similar to her “Fifty Shades of Grey” smash, “Love Me Like You Do.” The track hits its full force as Ellie triumphantly repeats, “When I’m with you, I’m standing with an army.”
On Friday (Oct. 30), Ellie revealed the inspiration behind the uplifting track with an open letter to fans that she shared on Tumblr and Instagram. In it, she explains that she wanted to write a song for her best friend, instead of penning yet another boy-centric ballad. Because, let’s face it, girls’ friendships are some of the most powerful bonds in the world.
“Army” is the next single from Ellie’s upcoming third album, Delirium, due Nov. 6. Along with the official audio version of the song above, she also released a live in-studio performance at the iconic Abbey Road Studios that further showcases her chillingly powerful vocals.