Indie-folk singer-songwriter Passenger has enlisted Ed Sheeran for a rework of his new song “Sword from the Stone.”
The longtime friends and former tourmates have collaborated in the past. In 2013, they recorded a duet of Passenger’s “Heart’s on Fire” and later shared a live mash-up cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”
On their latest collaboration, Sheeran—with the help of Joe Rubel—delivers a “Gingerbread Mix” of Passenger’s “Sword from the Stone,” which originally appeared on the latter’s album Songs for the Drunk and the Broken Hearted. Everything is heightened on the rework: the piano sounds grander, the drums are louder and the melody is much poppier.
“Ed was really excited about the song when I played it to him and suggested that he produce a version that could potentially work as a radio single,” Passenger said in a statement. “It’s not every day you have that kind of offer from a pop genius, and I’m so delighted with what he and Joe have come up with. It’s been such a fun one to work on.”
Passenger’s 12th studio album, Songs for the Drunk and the Broken Hearted arrived earlier this month. Shortly after its release, it received a deluxe edition which featured acoustic renditions of all ten songs.
Sheeran, on the other hand, recently released the surprise single “Afterglow.”
Listen to the “Gingerbread Mix” of “Sword from the Stone” below: