Bridgit Mendler has been busy promoting her first single “Ready Or Not” in anticipation of her upcoming debut studio album Hello My Name Is, due out October 22. That song reflects Mendler’s love of soul, as it interpolates The Delfonics‘ 1968 song “Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love)”, which was memorably sampled by The Fugees in their single “Ready Or Not” back in 1996.
But today, we’re premiering a new, never-before-heard cut from the Disney star-turned-vocalist that’s pure pop, in the best way. Listen to Mendler’s new track, “Forgot To Laugh,” after the jump. (Seriously, do it — it’s amazing.)[wpaudio url="http://cdn.idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/04/02-I-Forgot-To-Laugh.mp3" text="Bridgit Mendler — Forgot To Laugh" dl="0"]
“Forgot To Laugh” is a shiny, guitar-driven pop-rock anthem, loaded with witty metaphors that would give Taylor Swift a run for her money. “When I read your face, it’s like a screen door / I can see right through, your heart’s a window,” Mendler sings over a lightly strummed guitar, before a skittering backbeat leads into a monster chorus.
“If you drive away, hope you get a flat tire, get stranded / if it’s goodbye today, know you’re leaving here empty-handed / ’cause I got my own life and you’re just a punchline / if you go, you’re a joke, I forgot to laugh,” she sings. The sharp songcraft is all the more impressive given that Mendler co-wrote the track herself.