Listen to Sade’s first new song in eight years

    The British singer-songwriter is back at her best with "Flower of the Universe," an enchanting lullaby that appears on the soundtrack of 'A Wrinkle in Time.'

    Sade Flower of the Universe Wrinkle in Time
    Image: David Cooper / Toronto Star

    Not since 2010 has Sade charmed us with fresh material. But yesterday, the British singer-songwriter showed the world how time hasn’t dulled her voice by releasing a brand-new track, “Flower of the Universe.”

    The song, which will appear on the soundtrack of Disney’s upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time, is classic Sade. Her honeyed-yet-husky contralto glides over gently plucked guitars, a chanted choir in the background and not much else—because damn if Sade needs anything more than her pipes.

    The elusive singer was coaxed out of her eight-year slumber by A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay, who managed to elicit more than just music from Sade. “My creative partnership with Sade on ‘Flower of the Universe’ was so connected that I reverse engineered the usual process and used her lyrics as actual dialog within the film,” DuVernay said when the partnership was announced.

    A Wrinkle in Time is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 fantasy novel, and will be out in theaters this month.

    Listen to the tune here: