Danny Elfman Now Set to Release His First Solo Album in 37 Years

Before he became a famed soundtrack composer, Danny Elfman was a rock star; the frontman of Oingo Boingo and a solo artist with an amazing voice and killer chops. Elfman was set to return to stages in 2020 (including a headlining spot at Coachella before the fest was canceled during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic) but was forced instead to seek creative outlets indoors.

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The result, a new studio album called Big Mess, is now slated to arrive on June 11th via ANTI- and Epitaph. This marks Elfman’s first non-soundtrack solo effort since 1984! The announcement came with the release of a new video: “True”, directed by Sarah Sitkin.

“The video is an exploration of fractured identity, muffled through the lens of memory,” Sitkin said in a statement via Pitchfork. “Danny is a central figure within the video, yet only in his reproduced likeness via prosthetics, masks, and 3D printed body parts. I wanted to make a video that was gritty, unpolished, and uncomfortable.”

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Check out the video for “True” below.

Big Mess track listing:

01 Sorry
02 True
03 In Time
04 Everybody Loves You
05 Dance With the Lemurs
06 Serious Ground
07 Choose Your Side
08 We Belong
09 Happy
10 Just a Human
11 Devil Take Away
12 Love in the Time of Covid
13 Native Intelligence
14 Better Times
15 Cruel Compensation
16 Kick Me
17 Get Over It
18 Insects

Are you a fan of Danny Elfman? Are you excited to dive into Big Mess in June? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.



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