New Song: The Fray, 'Heartbeat'

It's been a tough couple of years for The Fray die-hards -- the Seattle foursome hasn't put out a new record since their critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated 2009 self-titled sophomore album. Not that we mind playing "You Found Me" on repeat or anything, but we're happy to hear new tunes from the guys.

"Heartbeat," the first single off of The Fray's upcoming third album, Scars And Stories, finds us revisiting familiar Fray tearjerker territory (way to ruin my mascara before noon). Though it's cleverly hidden beneath the sweeping sounds of orchestral drums and rock guitars, "Heartbeat" is driven by a gorgeous piano melody. Lead vocalist Isaac Slade's voice is in top form, and he demonstrates his massive range while singing about the best way to love someone: "If you love someone/You love them all the same/Oh, feel your heartbeat/And oh-oh, comin' around, comin' around, comin' around/If you can love somebody/Love 'em all the same."

On his moving new song, Isaac admitted, "That song came out of a period of my life when I was trying hard to be open to whatever came my way. I traveled through South Africa and Rwanda with a buddy, and at first it was really hard to stay open in the face of so much pain and heartache. But then I ended up meeting so many cool and inspiring people, and all these ideas for lyrics and melodies just started rushing in."

The Fray's third album, Scars And Stories, is out Feb. 7.

+ Listen to The Fray's "Heartbeat."