At last, Harry Styles has announced the title of his highly anticipated third studio album, Harry’s House, which is set to be released on May 20.
Harry’s House will arrive nearly two and a half years after he dropped his Grammy-nominated sophomore album, Fine Line, and almost five years since he released his eponymous debut album.
Styles previously opened up about his musical instincts and sensibilities when it comes to album making. “People within [the industry] feel like they operate on a higher level of listening, and I like to make music from the point of being a fan of music,” he told Variety in a 2020 interview. “Fans are the best A&R.”
Ahead, we break down everything to know about Harry’s House, including the album’s cover art, trailer, and more.
What’s on the album cover?
Styles announced Harry’s House by dropping the cover art on social media today, March 23. The cover features the singer wearing wide-leg jeans and a collared peasant blouse from Molly Goddard‘s spring 2022 ready-to-wear collection, standing in an upside-down minimalist living room. He has one hand placed on his hip and the other scratching his chin.
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What does the trailer show?
The album’s trailer intersperses various naturalistic and urban footage over a droning synth track before it culminates with Styles walking onto a stage where a yellow house facade is slowly pulled up behind him.
Will Harry perform his new songs?
Yes! The singer performed a rousing set at 2022’s Coachella Music Festival and gave a sneak peak of his new songs “Boyfriend” and “Late Night Talking” from the upcoming album. He’s also set to embark on his international Love on Tour come June, which will additionally feature special guests Mitski, Wolf Alice, and Arlo Parks.
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Styles dropped the album’s first single, “As It Was,” on April 1.
In the accompanying music video, Styles artfully dances around various sets—first a sparsely decorated studio, then a winding sculpture placed over a pool—wearing the same bedazzled red-hot jumpsuit. Throughout, he also dances with a partner clad in a contrasting shade of royal blue.
“Just as it was, baby / Before the otherness came,” he sings in the synth-pop track. “And I knew its name / The drugs, the dark, the light, the shame.”
He says Harry’s House is his “most intimate” album yet.
Speaking with Better Homes & Gardens, Styles opened up about the behind-the-scenes process of creating his third album.
“It sounds like the biggest, and the most fun, but it’s by far the most intimate,” he said of the project, which he started working on after taking a six-week hiatus on music during the outbreak of the pandemic.
He later said of the commercial pressures to make music, “It doesn’t feel like my life is over if this album isn’t a commercial success … I just want to make stuff that is right, that is fun, in terms of the process, that I can be proud of for a long time, that my friends can be proud of, that my family can be proud of, that my kids will be proud of one day.”
The singer also opened up about the concept of ‘home,’ the grounding ethos of Harry’s House. “I realized that that home feeling isn’t something that you get from a house; it’s more of an internal thing. You realize that when you stop for a minute,” he said.
Styles revealed the 13-song tracklist on social media.
The singer shared the full tracklist for Harry’s House on April 30, posting what appears to be the back of the album lying on a patch of grass. For anyone who finds the white print on a yellow background hard to read, the names of the songs are “Music For a Sushi Restaurant,” “Late Night Talking,” “Grapejuice,” “As It Was,” “Daylight,” “Little Freak,” “Matilda,” “Cinema,” “Daydreaming,” “Keep Driving,” “Satellite,” “Boyfriends,” and “Love of My Life.”
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.