Donald Cumming is thrilled to release his new track on Entertainment Weekly. A melancholic ballad, Donald’s “In The Early Hours” is a man’s plead to recall long nights and intimate moments with a past lover. Soulful vocals shine across a low country strum and backing organ tone that make this tune an instant classic. Listen here.

Finding the spotlight as the frontman of the mid-00’s darlings the Virgins, native New Yorker Donald Cumming travelled the world supporting the likes of the The Killers to Lou Reed to Sonic Youth and played for national audiences on Letterman and more, making the kind of music endemic to his East Village home. Back now in solo form after the band broke up in 2013, he’s still pulling from the same toolbox that informed his previous successes, but with the mellower wisdom of someone who has seen the all the ups and downs of life in the city and beyond.

The freedom to make his solo debut Out Calls Only the way he wanted to make it without compromise, according to Cumming, is attributed to the autonomy granted to him by his new label, Razor & Tie subsidiary Washington Square, where he joins a highly talented roster of artists that includes The Hold Steady, Jon Batiste and Stay Human and Born Cages.

For the singer, being given the quintessential opportunity to redefine himself with Out Calls Only was all the proof he needed to realize this union between he and Washington Square is indeed a good fit.

“Everyone has been very supportive and I immediately felt like this is a professional atmosphere and I can actually be free to make the kind of music I want to make,” he enthuses. “Which is really all I have ever been looking for at the end of the day.”

Pre-order Out Calls Only at donaldcumming.com