Adam Lambert’s return to solo work took another step forward with the release of his soulful new song, “New Eyes.” The track is the first single from his upcoming studio album, Velvet.

“New Eyes” represents a stylistic departure for Lambert, whose previous solo work was more pop- and EDM-based. The song features elements of funk and classic rock, showcasing a broader sound for the former American Idol runner-up.

You can watch the video for "New Eyes" below.

It’s been four years since Lambert’s last solo LP. In that time, the singer has filled many hours working with Brian May and Roger Taylor while fronting the modern incarnation of Queen.

Lyrically, “New Eyes” delves into dark subject matter, as Lambert sings about being “empty inside” and “getting jaded.” This somber tone seemingly reflects the personal struggles Lambert alluded to in an open letter to fans back in February.

In the letter, Lambert discussed a personal “dark period” that had caused his “mental health [to] suffer.” He credited Queen with helping him pull out of a downward spiral.

“Luckily, I have also been touring with Queen, which recharges me with tons of positive energy," he said. "The fans we perform for are so full of love, and Brian May and Roger Taylor are a joy to play music with and always remind me of my value. Together we have collaborated creatively on our tours and this helped me to reaffirm my confidence in my artistry. Working with Queen helped keep my head above water, and I am so grateful to the spirit of Freddie Mercury, who has always inspired me to push ahead boldly.”

Shortly after the release of “New Eyes,” May took to Twitter to offer praise for the new song.

Queen + Adam Lambert will hit the road for a North American tour starting July 10. Before then, the singer will appear on the finale of American Idol on May 19, and on the Good Morning America concert series on June 28.

 

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