Actor/comedian/producer/musician and podcast host, Tim Heidecker has shared a new single/visualizer, “Nothing.” The song is off his forthcoming release, Fear of Death, out September 25th via Spacebomb Records. “Nothing” was co-written with Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering. Over piano, their voices blend: “Nothing, that’s what it amounts to, they say // A black void waiting down the road for us one day.” “Nothing” was created during a recording session that he calls “one of the more spiritual and emotional moments of my creative life.”
From Tim Heidecker:
“I wanted to write a religious sounding song about agnosticism,” says Heidecker. “I wrote it a little poppier/jauntier, but working with Natalie and Drew (Erickson), we smoothed it out into something more haunting and (in my opinion ) beautiful. We crammed the session into the end of an overdub day/night, just the three of us doing it live with Natalie adding those incredible angel harmonies over the bridge. Drew and (Jonathan) Rado later added all sorts of goodness to it. The second verse is a very literal description of my experience at the SXSW premiere of Us. I’m pretty proud of this one in general. I hope it delivers some goosebumps.”
Fear of Death is Heidecker’s biggest sounding album yet, featuring a band comprised of Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering, Drew Erickson (Jonathan Wilson, Dawes), The Lemon Twigs’ Brian and Michael D’Addario, Jonathan Rado, and string arrangements by Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard (Foxygen, Bedouine, The Waterboys, Natalie Prass). Throughout, Heidecker’s sound is fleshed out with winding guitar, slow-building percussion, gentle keys, and a 14-piece string ensemble. Tracks range from a bluesy and smokey nod to J.J. Cale, an uptempo ode to country living, to a sad close that began as a Bernie Taupin/Elton John-style writing experiment.