Bruce Springsteen has released “Hello Sunshine,” the lead single from his upcoming album, Western Stars.
The iconic singer-songwriter croons over a soundscape of strummed acoustic guitar, wistful pedal steel and a swooning string arrangement on the world-weary song. “Had enough of heartbreak and pain / I had a little sweet spot for the rain / For the rain and skies of gray / Hello sunshine, won’t you stay,” he sings.
“This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements,” Springsteen said in a press statement. “It’s a jewel box of a record.”
Western Stars is Springsteen’s first album in five years, following 2014’s High Hopes. Listen to “Hello Sunshine” below: