Danny Elfman Announces First Solo Studio Album in 37 Years, Shares New Video: Watch – Pitchfork

Danny Elfman has announced Big Mess, the composer’s first solo, non-soundtrack studio album since 1984. The 18-track record includes the comeback song “Happy,” as well as “Sorry,” “Love in the Time of Covid,” and “Kick Me.” Announcing the album, Elfman has shared another song, “True,” which arrives with a thoroughly creepy music video directed by Sarah Sitkin. “The video is an exploration of fractured identity, muffled through the lens of memory,” Sitkin said in a statement. “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.” Find “True” below.

Big Mess is out June 11 via ANTI- and Epitaph. According to a press release, Elfman made the album during quarantine in 2020. Contributors to Big Mess include drummer Josh Freese, bassist Stu Brooks, and guitarists Stu Brooks and Nili Brosh.

Read about Danny Elfman’s Batman soundtrack in Pitchfork’s “The 50 Best Movie Scores of All Time.”

[embedded content]

Big Mess:

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

Danny Elfman Big Mess