James Bay’s upcoming single “Us” is set for worldwide release this Friday, but EW has an exclusive listen — and look — at an acoustic version of the song right now.
Though the guitar-led track is more mellow than up-tempo second single “Pink Lemonade” and electro-inspired album lead “Wild Love,” its smooth lyrics and sultry notes fit well into the singer’s oeuvre. “I believe in something, I believe in us,” sings Bay, which is reminiscent of his work on his debut Chaos and the Calm.
“I’ve been lucky enough to meet people all over the world and witness the phenomenal strength of crowds,” Bay tells EW. “I wrote this song to explore unity and inclusion. Looking through the lens of my own personal relationships, this song turned out to be a particularly important moment on the album for me.”
The “Let It Go” singer previously announced the release of his upcoming album Electric Light on May 18 (pre-order it here), as well as the expansion of his North American and European tour, adding nearly 30 new dates. The run will take Bay across North America and Europe, making stops at New York’s Beacon Theater on Sept. 18 and Los Angeles’ Greek Theater on Oct. 7.
Watch the exclusive acoustic video of “Us” above.