After two full-speed-ahead pop singles, Demi Lovato's given us a glimpse at another side of her upcoming fifth album, Confident. Leaving the rad outfits and dance-ready bits behind, D premiered the new song "Stone Cold" via a black-and-white video of her recording the track in the studio.
This one's a straight ballad, built atop somber piano and co-written by Sweden's Laleh and Gustaf Thörn. It's about trying to survive while an ex, newly in love, thrives. Lines like "you see me standing, but I'm dying on the floor" and "maybe if I don't cry, I won't feel anymore" would be brutal even in song form; watching Demi perform them is gut-wrenching.
While "Cool for the Summer" and "Confident" hooked us with their confectionary nature, the immaculate performance of this soulful tune is a reminder of the serious vocal chops Demi's got. It's actually reminiscent of her recent cover of Hozier's "Take Me to Church."
While you hold your breath for the October 16 release, check out the teaser for the "Confident" video.