It had been so long since we heard from Sam Smith we were getting ready to send in a search party. But the out singer has returned from pop-culture seclusion with a new single that reinforces his place as a master of heartbreak.
“Too Good At Goodbyes” is Smith’s first single since the Bond theme song “Writing’s On the Wall,” and three years since his Grammy-winning debut In the Lonely Hour.
While he seemed to be enjoying his success—and his new slimmed down physique—Smith admits he’s “still very, very single.”
The song is about is about me and about a relationship that I was in,” he told Beats 1. “I think I’m even more single than I was when I released In the Lonely Hour… I’m insanely single.”
On Instagram Smith, who suffers from OCD, said he’s felt “physically sick” over the excitement of bringing out new music.
“This is helping my nerves a little bit, just sitting here talking with you all. It’s going to be mad tomorrow. What I am feeling weird about now is the pace. Tomorrow is going to be the start of it and it all getting faster. I’m just trying to mentally prepare myself.”
Reports have had Smith working on a followup to Lonely Hour with everyone from Adam Lambert to Clean Bandit. He says “Goodbyes” is a good indicator of what the new record will be like. “People are going to see this one, as I’ve said, is about me and something that I’ve gone through.”