Donald Cumming  will release his highly anticipated debut solo album, Out Calls Only, on June 16th on Washington Square, the label imprint formed by Razor & Tie. Former lead singer and founder of the band The Virgins, Cumming will also open for Brandon Flowers (of The Killers) tonight as he plays New York City. Today listen to the first track “Game Of The Heart” off of Cumming’s new album after the jump.

Cumming performed this past February at the special series A Night Out with Richard Hell and made his solo music debut last year at Bonnaroo.

Recorded at East Village Recording Center with additional work done at Sullivan Street Studios in Manhattan, Outcalls Only boasts a sound that, in all honesty, transcends The Virgins second and final album on Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label in 2013, Strike Gently. The seamless shifts in style that transpire across these ten songs, in fact, are more indicative of what he represents as an artist than anything he’s done since he first began absorbing music growing up above the family liquor store in Tribeca. According to Cumming, it is the result of a sound that has no attachment to any kind of cultural agenda.

Cumming explains, “I don’t listen to a lot of contemporary music but there seems to be a trend that favors aesthetics over content.  I don’t have a sound that I’m looking for as much as I just want to be as sincere as possible.”

The talented musicians who accompany him on Out Calls Only, include bassist Ian Fenger, drummer Skip Johnson, and lead guitarists Jack Byrne and Jack Straw. For Cumming, working with producers Johnny T. Yerington and Gus Osberg, in an organic and loose fashion was tantamount to the outcome of Outcalls.

The freedom to make Out Calls Only the way he wanted to make it without compromise, according to Cumming, is attributed to the autonomy his new label,  Washington Square, had granted him upon signing with them. For the singer, it was indeed a good fit.  “At Washington Square I’ve found a professional atmosphere where everyone supports my creativity and allows me the freedom to make my songs the way I want.”

Born in Manhattan, NY, in 1981, Donald Cumming was 16 when he left home to make his own way on the city streets. Nearly two decades later he is still intimately involved in the music/ art scene of downtown NY. Photographed as a teen by some of today’s leading art and fashion photographers, he was most notably featured on the cover of Ryan McGinley’s first book of photos in 2002. What followed was a brief foray into independent film: acting in 2006’s Sundance short prize winner Bugcrush, and serving as director of photography for critically acclaimed documentary Billy the Kid.   It was around this time that he began distributing home recordings of his music throughout the city, and prompted by the positive reception, he soon formed his band The Virgins; signing a deal with Atlantic Records before the line-up was complete, and without playing a single live show. Following the critical and commercial success of their 2007 EP, and self-titled debut in 2008, the band toured extensively around the world, but due to an inner conflict, it would be five years before they released another album. With an all new line up, The Virgins reformed in 2013 and released their sophomore effort, Strike Gently, this time on Julian Casablancas’ indie label, Cult Records. After the long silence, things were looking up for the band, but following just one album cycle, which saw them tour much of the US and Europe, as well as play two arena tours opening for The Killers, the group disbanded; this time for good. The Virgins also opened for Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Patti Smith and others.   The New York City based band received accolades and rave reviews until the bands break up in 2013.  NME called the band’s last album a “dynamic listen” and described “how classic it sounds, Cumming’s posturing sounding as if it’s been lifted straight from a forgotten vinyl covered in dust and suspicious stains. It’s Dire Straits teamed with louche New York cool – a combination that shouldn’t work, but totally does.” Cumming has performed on such shows as the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly.