Chris Cornell gets pulled back into heartbreak on his dynamic new single, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart." "I nearly forgot my broken heart / It's taken me miles away," the Soundgarden frontman sings on the propulsive track, a departure from the pop gloss of his previous album Scream. "From the memory of how it broke apart / Here we go 'round again."
"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart," which premiered Wednesday on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show, crams many disparate sounds into four minutes – from strings to a psychedelic guitar solo to chiming mandolins nodding to Led Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore." The song is the first sample from Cornell's fourth solo album, Higher Truth, out September 18th. The track is available as an instant download with digital pre-orders via Amazon or iTunes.
The Brendan O'Brien-produced Higher Truth follows 2009's Scream and the singer's reunion with Soundgarden for the hard rock band's 2012 comeback, King Animal – their first album in 16 years.
Two days after releasing his new record, Cornell will kick off an acoustic solo tour September 20th at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall. The jaunt will conclude November 2nd with a performance for Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas. On-sale information is available at Cornell's official site, and the singer will donate $1 from every ticket sold to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, benefiting "the most vulnerable children facing problems such as homelessness, poverty, abuse or neglect."