★★★★ The Independent THIS CRISPLY OBSERVED AND TENDERLY CONSIDERED POP ALBUM SUBVERTS EXPECTATIONS “From gorgeous love songs to self-deprecation, the comedian’s first non-comic record comes as a pleasant surprise”
FOLLOWS ONE-OFF CONCERT LIVESTREAM FROM SYDNEY’S ICONIC TRACKDOWN STUDIOS WITH SPECIAL GUEST BEN FOLDS – AVAILABLE TO VIEW UNTIL 21 NOVEMBER 7PM GMT
★★★★ The Times TIM MINCHIN: APART TOGETHER, LIVE FROM SYDNEY REVIEW “he makes this remote event feel intimate and spectacular”
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Following the special one-off concert livestream from Sydney’s iconic Trackdown Studios, Tim Minchin releases his debut studio album Apart Together, out today via BMG. The new record is a rich suite of disarmingly honest story-songs written with Minchin’s inimitable wistfulness and whimsy. Listen to or buy Apart Together [HERE].
In his only performance of 2020, which took place as an extraordinary global livestream event last night, Minchin performed all 11 songs from the new record. The first live experience of Tim’s first official solo release featured an expanded band with brass 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 21 November at 7pm. Tickets are available to purchase [HERE].
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 heart-breaking 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 “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.
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. Minchin has spent the best part of the past two years pouring his considerable artistic energy into a globally anticipated studio album.
Tim Minchin sings, writes and stars in eight-part Sky Atlantic / Foxtel 2019 Aussie road-trip comedy Upright, which aired to huge critical acclaim. Minchin also wrote the music and lyrics for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda which has become one of the most critically acclaimed musicals of the last 20 years, winning more than 99 international awards including 24 for Best Musical, a record 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards as well as a GRAMMY nomination for the Broadway Cast Recording of Matilda The Musical. Seen by more than 10 million people across more than 91 cities worldwide, Matilda The Musical is now the longest running production to play at the Cambridge Theatre and is one of the top twenty longest running musicals in the West End having now welcomed almost 4 million audience members.
Apart Together is available for purchase and stream on all platforms [HERE]. The official artist store features exclusive merchandise bundles and signed formats including limited dual coloured vinyl.