July 4, 2022

Like Tim Heidecker earlier than him, Bret McKenzie is trying the leap from comedy songs to Songs With out Jokes. That’s the title of the Flight Of The Conchords member and Oscar-nominated Muppets composer’s forthcoming solo debut album for Sub Pop, which options, per its title, non-comedic compositions by McKenzie. He explains the undertaking’s genesis in a press launch:

Put up-Conchords, I’d been engaged on songs for the Muppets movies, and through a session I had the thought that it might be enjoyable sometime to work on some songs that weren’t for another person, that don’t have to inform a narrative or be humorous or proceed the narrative plot, checking all of the bins for the character within the film. I assumed it’d be enjoyable to do a report like that, one thing totally different.

McKenzie cites influences like Harry Nilsson, Steely Dan, Randy Newman, and Dire Straits, and you’ll definitely hear them in “A Little Tune,” the jaunty, theatrical, old-timey piano-pop tune that serves because the lead single from Songs With out Jokes. Ezra Simons directed the video at Royal Whanganui Opera Home, the final remaining Victorian theatre in New Zealand. Watch beneath.

01 “This World”
02 “If You Wanna Go”
03 “Dave’s Place”
04 “Right here For You”
05 “That’s L.A.”
06 “Up In Smoke”
07 “Carry On”
08 “A Little Tune”
09 “America Goodbye”
10 “Tomorrow At present”
11 “Loopy Occasions”

Songs With out Jokes is out 8/26 on Sub Pop. Pre-order it right here.

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