Thought it couldn’t get much bleaker than “I’m Not the Only One,” “Lay Me Down” and “Stay With Me”? Well, you ain’t heard nothing yet. Sorrowful chanteur Sam Smith released his newest single Monday, and he promises that it’s both “the saddest song I’ve ever written and probably the least radio-friendly song I’ve ever written.”

Great endorsement! Smith described the song to Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe, who had the honor of debuting “Drowning Shadows” — yes, that’s really what it’s called. The multiple Grammy winner also explained that this track was actually written before the song that made him a household name, “Stay With Me” — and that it was inspired by long cab rides. Read more…

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Sam Smith’s ‘Drowning Shadows’ is somehow his ‘saddest song yet’