Releases new single


Groundbreaking Australian musician Tim Minchin today releases the first single from his debut studio album via BMG.

The single, Leaving LA, is a bittersweet break up song with the place he called ‘home’ for four years. A little sad and a little funny, it is a predictably sardonic and poignant song on the conundrum that is La-La Land.

Using a combination of pop and orchestral stylings that Minchin is renowned for, the track comes from the wreckage that was his US residency where Minchin experienced the demise of a $90 million Dreamworld animated film project; the closure of his Broadway musical ‘Groundhog Day: The Musical’ after a six month run and to add to this, what he describes as an ‘untenable’ life in the US under Donald Trump.

Post LA, Minchin’s return to Australian home soil with his wife and two children was a welcomed one for the composer, actor and musician.

Following the sharp-tongued single ‘Leaving LA’ , Tim releases more music later in 2020 with his forthcoming debut studio album.

Accompanied by a ‘film video’ that took thousands of hours to make, Tim worked with his childhood friend Tee Ken Ng to create what Tim describes as “the most wonderful piece of animation I have ever seen”, an irony not lost on him, having spent 4 years creating an animated film in LA which was axed.

‘’Leaving LA’ was written in my final year living there. It is meant to reflect the bitterness I felt when the project I had been working on for 4 years got trashed. But it’s also meant to feel a bit sad, and a bit funny, and a bit fond. It’s bittersweet; like a break-up song written for somebody you’re still a little in love with.

The perceived glamour of Hollywood is laughable once you’ve lived inside it. Don’t get me wrong, there are brilliant people there making wonderful art, but it’s pretty damn ugly to look at, shamelessly materialistic (obviously), and full of desperate – and desperately unhappy – people. It’s also full of tourists leering at obscene houses, and frantically searching for a good spot from which to take a photo of an old real estate sign.

I try my best to steer clear of clichés, but the famous sign felt to me like an unexploited metaphor: it, like the town it teeters above, is iconic, unique, two-dimensional… and, if you’re expecting glamour, a bit disappointing.”

Tim Minchin
Watch ‘Leaving LA’ here
Tim’s award-winning, talented childhood friend, Tee Ken Ng, has created a mind-blowing video for “Leaving LA” which puts this release firmly into the realm of art. It’s a fascinating foray into zoetropes, an animation technique which involves paper-constructed video frames on a spinning turntable, creating an effect similar to stop motion. Somewhat reflective of a life once led by the musician, the result is a captivating illusory world, that Minchin is trapped in, like a rat on a wheel, and eventually escapes from.
“When Tim first approached me to collaborate with him and played me his track ‘Leaving LA’ about the two dimensionality of Hollywood (amongst other things), we discussed animating with cut outs and paper models,” said the music video creator Tee Ken Ng. “We both felt that paper construction was a fitting medium to depict a place of superficiality and facades.”

“At the time I was heavily into creating designs for vinyl records and DJ slip mats that, when viewed through a camera while being spun on a turntable, would animate. The zoetrope dates back to 1833 and is basically a cylindrical variation of this pre-film technique…

We created 12 zoetropes for the video. All the frames of animation were captured from footage we shot across 2 days in Sydney of Tim and his band. Every frame had to be printed and cut out from paper and arranged and glued down in sequence around the circumference of the zoetrope discs…  The lamppost zoetrope required over 100 individual lampposts and Tim singing in the car required 478 printed cutouts.

Faced with the technical challenge of filming something rotating at speed whilst dangling a camera in the middle of it, we ultimately decided the best camera to use was an iPhone 11… Working with something that people carry around in their pocket felt like a perfect fit for the entire DIY ethos of the project.“

Tee Ken Ng, Music Video Creator

“The film has taken thousands of hours to make, and has become a project that not only enhances the song, but utterly transcends it. It is one of the most wonderful pieces of animation I have ever seen (and that’s coming from someone who was directing a $90 million animated feature film in f^%king Hollywood for four years!).”

Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin is a veritable creative genius who, while best known for his musical comedy, has also had worldwide success in musical theatre and acting, most notably as the composer and lyricist for the Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated West End and Broadway show Matilda: The Musical. A Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts, Minchin is a fixture in the UK’s arts community, exemplified by his consistently sold out national tours of the country.

Minchin’s most recent collaboration, the song “Carry You”, was written for Sky Atlantic’s UPRIGHT, the television series he co-wrote and starred in. Tim asked Missy Higgins to record the song, in her distinctive style, for the closing credits.

Praise for Tim Minchin:

“Minchin’s maturing songcraft features a setlist covering 20 years …his best new work brings a real emotional wallop.”
The Telegraph

“The insanely talented Mr. Minchin is insanely talented.”
The New York Times

“Minchin is a genuine musical virtuoso, whose songs are constructed and sung with an attention to detail that would make Rufus Wainwright sit up and look nervous. And that’s even before we get to the jokes.”
The Times


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