Nate Ruess’ first solo album now has a title and a release date: Grand Romantic will be out June 16.
Ruess got his start as frontman of the now defunct The Format and went on to form Fun. with Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost. Fun. gained mainstream success with their second album, 2011’s Some Nights, thanks to single “We Are Young,” a track that won the Grammy for Song of the Year. The album itself scored two Grammy nods and is certified platinum.
Since then, Antonoff’s kept busy with Bleachers and Ruess on his solo album—despite this, though, the trio confirmed in February that the band “is not breaking up.” “The 3 of us have always followed inspiration wherever it leads us,” they wrote on their website. “Sometimes that inspiration leads to fun music, sometimes it leads to musical endeavors outside of fun.”
Later that month, Ruess released the first single and video, “Nothing Without Love,” from his upcoming album. It’s more Format than Fun, but still features the kind of Ruess-specific belting found on Fun’s more recent hits. Watch the video, directed by Anthony Mandler—the guy behind Taylor Swift’s “22” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds“—below.