If you love someone, let them go. That’s one of the oldest sayings in the book, but one of the hardest to take to heart. Letting a person go doesn’t mean forcing them to leave, but simply giving them the option to do whatever is best for them, even if that means departing. On X Ambassadors’ new song “Don’t Stay”, vocalist Sam Harris wants the person he loves to stay, but knows he’s hurt them and they have to do what’s best for themselves; in the chorus, he repeats, “Don’t stay for me / If you got to leave / Do what you need / But don’t stay for me.”

“Don’t Stay” is honest – as X Ambassadors always have been – but feels more soulful. Harris’s vocals are rich and combine with high and low harmonies for a resulting track that feels more confessional than pleading. Listen to “Don’t Stay” below.

“Don’t Stay” comes as the follow-up to “Joyful”, the title track off X Ambassadors forthcoming album. Joyful is due to be released this spring on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records; pre-orders are available here. A release date for the album has not been announced, but in the meantime, tickets are now available here for all shows on the Joyful Tour this spring. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all things X Ambassadors; follow Substream on Twitter so you don’t miss a headline.