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Acclaimed Australian musician Tim Minchin will announce the release of his long-awaited debut album, Apart Together, on The Late Late Show with James Corden tonight.
Recorded over the past two years since moving back to Sydney, Minchin confirmed his debut long player will be released globally on Friday November 20, via BMG.
“Apart Together” is his third single, and the title track of his forthcoming album, and is inspired by a story on LA radio station KCRW about an elderly couple in their mobile home who died of hypothermia in each other’s arms. “Apart Together” tenderly teases out the improbable beauty of such an outcome, and frames it in an exquisitely pensive setting.
The music video for “Apart Together” is premiering on Tim Minchin’s YouTube channel at 8pm tonight.
“From the outset,” said Minchin, “if you enter marriage wholly accepting that it’s a commitment to watching each other decay, there’s something far more beautiful in that than the greeting-card depiction of love that it’s overturning.”
These exciting announcements come after Minchin opened and closed the illustrious BAFTAs last month, at which he delivered a “hilariously bleak” (NME) bespoke original song to open proceedings and performed ‘Carry You’ as the finale, the song featured in the critically acclaimed TV series Tim developed, wrote, composed, directed and starred; Upright. “Carry You” also appears on Apart Together.
Tim Minchin is a veritable creative genius; he’s enjoyed continued worldwide success as a musical theatre composer-lyricist, countless sold out concerts, as well as being one of the most successful Australian comedians of his generation.
That it has taken Minchin until now to release his first “proper” album speaks volumes about the twists and turns his career has taken since he made the 14,500-mile journey to London from Perth in the hope of finding an audience for a kohl-eyed, shock-headed musical comedian.
He has won Best Musical Olivier Awards and Tony Nominations for Matilda and Groundhog Day, as well as a Grammy nomination for the Matilda Broadway Cast Recording.
A Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts, Minchin sells hundreds of thousands of tickets to live shows in Australia, the UK and the US. He has most recently been seen in Upright, a Foxtel/Sky Atlanticproduction which he co-wrote, executive produced, starred in and wrote music for.
Minchin’s first single of 2020, “Leaving LA” was added to rotation on Double J, and acclaimed by NME Australia, Music Feeds, The Music and more. His second single was equally well-received; “I’ll Take Lonely Tonight” was praised by Rolling Stone, NMEAustralia, The Music and Scenestr.
“Apart Together” is now available on all digital platforms, link here.
Tim Minchin’s debut album Apart Together, will be released November 20 and is available for pre-order here.
The gatefold vinyl features a 24-page booklet with illustrated lyrics, a poster and bespoke artwork.
The vinyl disc comes in two variants; translucent red and transparent ultra-clear with opaque red.