By Megan Daley
Updated August 13, 2015 at 07:32 PM EDT

With his first self-released album, Free, Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson is ready to do things his way this time around, and create music that reflects who he truly is.

For EW’s music documentary series In the Basement, Simpson stopped by the iconic Time & Life building basement for a special acoustic performance of the title track, “Free.” The laid-back, breezy jam was inspired by a free spirit he met on Venice Beach, but for the full story and performance, check out the video.

Simpson’s Free is available now via iTunes.