“You brought the sun, and I brought the moonlight / We were two souls in a world set to collide,” James Arthur sings on new track “Sleepwalking,” a slow-burning love song about needing someone enough to wait for them and be patient with them even when they leave.
The guitar-driven track explores what it’s like to be stuck wanting someone who may or may not have moved on. By the time we get to the second verse where he sings, “You brought me calm, and I brought you thunder, mm / You stopped the panic when I got lost in the storm, oh,” we start to see that he may have contributed to the lover deserting him and seeking to move on. However he later promises, “I’ll wait, I’ll wait / I’m tryin’ to matter / In someone else’s eyes / Always, always / Nothing could matter / As much as you and I.”
The song is featured on his upcoming January 26 album Bitter Sweet Love, which will feature singles “A Year Ago” and “Blindside.”
“‘Sleepwalking’ is the song I wrote when I first started out this record. It felt really true to who I am and if you wanna know what I’m about, this is the song for you,” he says via a press release. Arthur released the song as an early Christmas present for fans.
Prior to the release of the song, Arthur shared a short clip promoting the song, “I hope you like it. Let me know what you think.” He penned the track with Jamie Graham and producer Steve Solomon. The song’s release is a part of Arthur’s “12 Days of Christmas.”
He also recently announced that he’ll be bringing his “Bitter Sweet Love World Tour” to North America in the Spring. The 14-date run kicks off on April 30 in Oakland, CA, and includes stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, New York, and more before concluding in Montreal on May 22.