Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Following the success obtained with “Don’t”, a love song about betrayal, Ed Sheeran released a pop ballad, reflecting his positive feeling related to a new relationship. “Thinking Out Loud” is a confident song about finding the perfect person to spend the rest of your life and all the hopes made to fulfill this desire.
The video debuts with the image of a barefoot dancer gently walking to the ballroom where Ed Sheeran waits for her. The sober reddish background is replaced by an antebellum ballroom where chairs and tables are in disarray, diffusely illuminated by a white light, where the two dance and embrace.
The story of “Thinking Out Loud” supposes that there is no need for words or additional love gestures, when music connects people and shares their feelings. “Thinking Out Loud” presents a silent Ed Sheeran, who renounced singing, in order to express himself through dance. Dressed in a white outfit, while Ed Sheeran chose a classical black costume, the couple is a contrasting one, yet united through their passion.
Under the warm light of glamorous chandeliers, Ed Sheeran and his partner recreate the moments of a complete love story marked by tender gestures, as well as playful moments such as the scene when Ed Sheeran uses her feet as an invisible guitar. Their dancing moments are combined with few romantic pause episodes, when they rest on the floor, while the reflectors form the shape of a heart around them, as a symbol of their love.
“Thinking Out Loud”, released on 18 June 2014, was written by Ed Sheeran, benefitting of Amy Wadge’s contribution, one of the artist’s recurrent collaborators, as noticed in the case of “Even My Dad Does Sometimes”. The song, included on Ed Sheeran’s second studio album “X”, was produced by Jake Gosling, who also mastered Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain”, “The A Team”, “Drunk” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”.
The pop ballad “Thinking Out Loud” is accompanied by a video premiered on 7 October 2014, featuring Brittany Cherry, former concurrent of the American edition of “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2013. The romantic choreography was created by the Emmy-winning team Nappytabs, reflecting a new hypostasis of Ed Sheeran as dancer. Emil Nava, previously directing for Ed Sheeran “Give Me Love”, “Lego House” and “Sing” designed a suggestive story for “Thinking Out Loud”. The British director placed the two characters, Ed Sheeran and his dancing partner into an antebellum ballroom background, vaguely illuminated by two reflectors.