The former "American Idol" star released his new song, his first in three years, earlier this month, and while the heavy deep house beat and a spooky whistle may have surprised you, it's the lyrics that you should be paying attention to, since it "sets up where I'm going to head on the album thematically."
"I think lyrically what I like about it is that I'm talking about things in 'Ghost Town' that are, you know, kind of me realizing may be I've gotten a little bit jaded, maybe I'm questioning if I'm going to be able to fall in love again, what is this world giving to me?" Adam told us via phone. "But it's not completely hopeless because there is that dance beat and it's a great opening statement for the album because I go into further detail on the other songs about these feelings."
And it's not just his feelings he's talking about on his album, The Original High (June 16), it's everyone's -- "I really wanted it to reflect what a lot of people are going through," he said -- and for help, he turned to his friends.
"I kind of started trying to observe how my friends and I out here in LA, what we had in common, what we were going through, what kind of heartaches and what kind of triumphs and what kind of thrills we all wanted..." he said. "There are so many ways in which we are all different, we have different races and genders and religions and sexual orientations, but at the heart of it, a lot of us are looking for the same things and getting hurt in the same way and that's what I like about the album."
Adam said he went into this album with a different outlook on himself as well, saying that he's "relaxed a lot" since his 2012 album, Trespassing.
"I was really hard on myself during the last process and I'm really proud of the last album I put out. I did a lot of really hard work on it and I have some amazing music on it, but I was taking it all a bit too seriously," he said. "And what was happening is that I don't think I was enjoying myself as much, and this whole project from start to finish has just been a lot more fun for me, and I stopped over-thinking everything as much, I started to just trust myself a little bit more."