Emeli Sande is gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, Long Live the Angels, due out Nov. 11. While walking the black carpet at the Tidal X 1015 benefit concert on Saturday night (Oct. 15), she told Billboard how this album differs from her 2012 debut, Our Version of Events.
"I think the new [album] is just a lot more grown up," she said. "I think I really know myself a lot better and have confidence in who I am and I think that's reflected in the music."
She has released two tracks so far, the heart-wrenching "Hurts" and the electronic-infused "Garden" that features spoken word verses from Ainey Zion -- who later joined Sande on stage to perform the track live -- and the recently resurfaced Jay Electronica.
"Garden" has been years in the making, and Sande said it feels amazing to have it out in the open. "I've been so impatient to share new music and perform new music so it feels really great to get it out there and get real life opinions back."
The only other track on the upcoming album to include guest vocals is "Tenderly," which features her Zambian father. "I visited Zambia three years ago and we would always sing and my dad was recording lots of things so I really wanted that to be part of the album," she said. "That track just made sense naturally."
Until "Tenderly" arrives with the rest of the album, though, give "Garden" a listen below.