As you can probably glean from that gleaming album title above, Bret McKenzie—whom you know from such modern musical treasures as comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, the Muppets movie reboots and other ace kid-film soundtracks, Lord of the Ringsfan blogs, guest songs for The Simpsons, cycling around the streets in his native New Zealand, and more—has a new solo record coming out filled with songs that ARE NOT COMEDY SONGS!
While the album may be free of traditional punch lines, it doesn’t lack a sense of humor. It showcases a new stage of McKenzie’s career, to be sure, but one that isn’t so far removed from his past work and true artistic self. Like Jim Henson before him, who made a career of blending the silly with the sincere and the playful with the profound, McKenzie also aims to connect rainbows to the ridiculous. Bret McKenzie’s Songs Without Jokes will be released August 26th, 2022 worldwide from SubPop Records.
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