Sam Smith still dogged with heartache on new song

Sam Smith performing at the 88th Oscars, on Feb 28, 2016.
Sam Smith performing at the 88th Oscars, on Feb 28, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Sam Smith, the English soul singer whose debut album three years ago propelled him to stardom, is back with new music - and heartache is still on his mind.

He said a new song, Too Good At Goodbyes, would come out on Friday as he posted on social media a black-and-white picture of a decaying bouquet.

He offered a snippet of the lyrics, starting with the line "Every time you walk out, the less I love you".

The track is expected to be the first on his second album, the followup to his breakthrough debut The Lonely Hour from 2014.

Smith - blessed with a voice that is rich and soars comfortably into falsettos - is best-known for the debut album's song Stay With Me, a ballad about longing for more than a one-night stand.

The 25-year-old Londoner has said that the song was rooted in dark times as he would hit gay bars looking for love.

But the song also won him a fan base and he was soon packing arenas.

At the 2015 Grammys, Smith won Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Since the first album, he has found success with the James Bond theme song Writing's On The Wall. But was also forced to take a break as he underwent surgery for a haemorrhage on his vocal cords.