20 November, 2020Print
Tim Minchin’s Long Awaited Studio Album “Apart Together” Out Today
From the outrageously brilliant brain of Australia’s favourite satirical songwriter comes a sophisticated debut studio album of 11 beautifully observed songs
Following a return home to Australia from LA in 2018, a string of sold-out theatre tours and his most recent acting and writing role which dramatically bore fruit in the acclaimed Sundance Now 2020 series Upright, Tim Minchin has spent the best part of the past two years pouring his considerable artistic energy into a globally anticipated studio album.
Out today via BMG, Apart Together is a rich suite of disarmingly honest story-songs written with Minchin’s inimitable wistfulness and whimsy. Although best known for his politically-charged punchlines and hit musicals, past indie favourites like Not Perfect and White Wine in the Sun, as well as the recent Missy Higgins release of his heartbreaking ballad, Carry You, have hinted at Minchin’s breadth as a singer-songwriter. Apart Together is masterfully produced and co-orchestrated by Daniel Denholm, giving it a rare cohesiveness that lends itself to the lost art of listening to an album in a single sitting.
Minchin has said, “I had no idea what this record was going to be about, and - having written for many years in many styles and with many different political, comedic and theatrical motives - the experience of just writing what I was feeling seemed pretty scary! But I’m very happy with the record we’ve made. It reflects my obsession with time, words, and with finding the beauty in the harsh realities of our lives. It is sometimes sad and sometimes grand and often whimsical and every now and then, though I try to resist it, pretty silly.”
The album includes six previously unreleased tracks, alongside a raft of 2020 singles; “Leaving LA” - a lyrical hybrid of pop and rock exploring the harshness and two-dimensionality of Hollywood; ballads “I’ll Take Lonely Tonight” and “The Absence of You” - gracefully addressing wavering moments of faithfulness and fidelity; “Airport Piano” - a funky tribute to a midlife crisis; and the album’s stunning title track “Apart Together” about the brutal beauty of love as we age.
To celebrate the release, last night all 11 songs from the new record were performed in an extraordinary streaming concert from Sydney’s iconic Trackdown Studios, which has also hosted live performances from John Mayer, Coldplay and more. The first live experience of Tim’s first official solo release featured an extraordinary and expanded band and string section plus a very special guest spot from one of Minchin’s heroes Ben Folds. It is available to stream now until Saturday November 21 HERE.
The show also nominated Australian charity Support Act as its designated charity to celebrate Ausmusic T-Shirt Day during the stream. Ausmusic T-Shirt Day encourages fans around Australia to pick out their favourite t-shirt from a local artist, share a photo of it on social media, and drive donations Support Act, which aims to help musicians who are struggling financially.
To donate go to: ausmusictshirtday.org.au.
After some 20 years in the entertainment industry, Tim has enjoyed continued worldwide success as a composer-lyricist, actor, writer, director and comedian. But this 55-minute record from Australia’s very own rock n roll nerd is a stark reminder that Minchin remains first and foremost a gifted and distinctive singer-songwriter.
“Apart Together” is available for purchase and stream on all platforms HERE
Praise for Apart Together so far:
Apart Together …is full of gravity-defying balladry and beautifully observed moments
– American Songwriter
“If there’s an artist more naturally disposed to a hybrid of pop and orchestration, I do not know his name”
– The Age, Melbourne
“Minchin is a genuine musical virtuoso”
-The Times, London
“His songs are jaunty or bittersweet or dark, but always fiendishly clever.”
-The Evening Standard
“As with all Minchin’s stuff, it’s a little bit funny, it’s a little bit sad, and it finds the beauty and romance in even the most tragic of circumstances.”
“an LP’s worth of bangers, fizzing with his trademark acid one-liners, plus a goodly helping of more reflective ballads too.”
‘Apart Together’… is a determinedly auto-biographical effort that has finally given him peace with his own voice, musically and metaphorically.