Harry Styles has been pretty hazy about the meaning behind the background music on his self-titled solo record, which is out Friday. Largely, it’s because he says this individual doesn’t want to define their music for anyone, but rather allow his fans interpret this how they most prefer. However it seems, it’s also in try to stay politically neutral during these very divisive times.

Talking to the New York Times, Designs was asked about how the planet’s political and social environment while he was recording this particular album affected the material, along with reporter Joe Coscarelli particularly mentioning Brexit, Black Life Matter and Donald Overcome in his question.

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The One Direction member responded by essentially affirming that these matters do have an effect — specifically upon lead single “Sign of the Times — but failed to really state how.

“We’re in a difficult time, and I think we have been in many difficult times prior to. But we happen to be industry where things happening all over the world are absolutely impossible in order to ignore. I think it would have been strange to not recognize what was going on at all, inch he said. “For instance, ‘Sign of the Times, ‘ for me, it’s looking at a number of different things. That’s me writing comments on different things. ”

Whenever prompted on what kinds of points he’s commenting on, Designs again refused to get particular and said more essentially it’s about those things which were mentioned before — Brexit, Dark Lives Matter and Overcome.

“Everything you were talking about — just the state of the world right now, ” he said. “It’s very much me looking at which. It’s a time when it’s super easy to feel incredibly sad in regards to a lot of things. It’s also fine sometimes to remember that while there are several bad stuff, there’s also a large amount of amazing people doing incredible things in the world. ”

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