Bret McKenzie Shares “If You Wanna Go” and “Tomorrow Today”

Actor/Musician Bret McKenzie has shared two singles “If You Wanna Go” and “Tomorrow Today,” both tracks are off his LP Songs Without Jokes
Bret McKenzie photo by Rebecca McMillian

Actor/Musician Bret McKenzie has shared two singles “If You Wanna Go” and “Tomorrow Today,” both tracks are off his forthcoming album from Songs Without Jokes, available August 26, via Sub Pop.

The album was Written mostly during the quieter moments of 2019, with his life split between work in Los Angeles and his family in Wellington, the songs of Songs focus on themes of escape, the perpetual search for peace, and navigating a life being pulled in multiple directions at once. There are also simple meditations on driving through a city, and the weather. McKenzie was inspired by the path his aforementioned idols like Newman and Nilsson had paved, where a silly or playful number could be sandwiched directly between a song about heartbreak or an earnest redemption and a scathing satire or character commentary. He threw a bit of everything into the mix, recording ideas on his phone at home in New Zealand after the kids had gone to sleep. Upon returning to LA, he would play the sketches for his longtime producer and collaborator, Mickey Petralia, who helped McKenzie identify the best moments, then together they would add parts and shape the songs. From there, longtime film collaborator Chris Caswell created charts for that same ensemble of session players with whom they’d recorded so many pieces for film. The majority of songs were then recorded at United Studio in Los Angeles in just a few takes.

Songs Without Jokes was produced by Mickey Petralia and McKenzie, mixed by Darrell Thorpe, with songs recorded at East West Studios and United Recordings, and mastered by Dave Ives at 101 Mastering in Los Angeles.

Bret McKenzie
Songs Without Jokes
Tracklisting
Sub Pop

1. This World
2. If You Wanna Go
3. Dave’s Place
4. Here for You
5. That’s L.A.
6. Up in Smoke
7. Carry On
8. A Little Tune
9. America Goodbye
10. Tomorrow Today
11. Crazy Times


Order Songs Without Jokes by Bret McKenzie HERE