Australian comedian and composer Tim Minchin has announced the that his long-awaited debut studio album Apart Together will be out November 20th, after he dropped the third single and title track for the record on Tuesday.
Minchin revealed that “Away Apart” had been 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.
“From the outset 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,” he said of the tune.
The newest track comes as the 44-year-old has been drip-feeding fans with a taste of the forthcoming album, releasing “Leaving LA” back in March and the heartfelt “I’ll Take Lonely Tonight” following soon after.
Explaining that “I’ll Take Lonely Tonight” touched on themes of infidelity, Minchin said upon its release that he quickly found that the song resonated with many fans.
“When I started playing this tune on tour early last year, it became clear that it was really affecting people,” he explained in a statement.
“I thought this temptation tug-of-war might be something experienced more by touring musos … but I kept getting people – men and women equally – telling me that it really hit home for them.”
Earlier this year, the multitalented artist delighted fans with the announcement that he would finally be releasing his first studio effort, adding that he would be teaming with BMG for its release.
“I’ve been writing songs for 35 years, and have never released a studio album. Too many distractions,” Minchin noted.
“Signing with BMG has given me focus, and the confidence to aim for a record that isn’t defined by anyone else’s expectations. I’m loving the freedom, loving the process, and loving the team at BMG. They’re cool and nice.”
Tim Minchin will be premiering the official music video for “Apart Together” on his YouTube channel at 8 pm AEST tonight (August 13).
Apart Together will be out November 20th through BMG.