The concept of smiling is to either bask in happiness or to fight through a trial or tribulation without showing any emotion. Mikky Ekko’s approach is a bit different on his brand new record. The singer, who rose to prominence after being a featured guest on Rihanna’s “Stay” and his own buzzing solo work sings on his newest single, “Smile, the worst is yet to come/we’ll be lucky if we ever see the sun.”

It’s a bleak outlook for a beautiful melody. Hear “Smile” here. Ekko’s TIME album is due soon.