The enduring composer Danny Elfman has signed to ANTI-/Epitaph Information for the discharge of his first new solo music in 36 years. The brand new music is named “Happy” and it arrives with an unsettling new video directed by Aron Johnson. Watch it beneath.
“I originally wrote ‘Happy’ to perform at Coachella 2020,” Elfman mentioned in a press release. “It was written to be an absurd anti-pop song, designed to begin as a very simple pop tune that degrades into something more subversive. The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down.”
The music arrives simply in time for Halloween, which Elfman explains “has always been [his] Big Night.” He famous that his band Oingo Boingo used to throw Halloween reveals and famous his position because the singing voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Earlier than Christmas:
Elfman is joined on “Happy” by drummer Josh Freese (of the Vandals and 9 Inch Nails), guitarist Nili Brosh (of Dethklok), and bassist Stu Brooks (of Dub Trio). Randall Dunn offered further synth design.
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