Here's a new thing to listen to - Michael Cera's surprise indie album.
Um, did anyone else not know that Michael Cera is a musician? Outside of Scott Pilgrim, I mean. Not only that, he’s actually really good, if his new indie album, True That, is anything to go by. Cera pulled a Beyonce and released the album on his Bandcamp without any prior announcement. Those who want to get acquainted with Cera’s musical talents can buy True That for $7 or stream it for free.
Did I mention you can stream it for free? [Getty/Larry Busacca]
Oh and did we mention it’s really very good? Cera relies a lot on dissonance, which sorts itself into melody later in the songs and it’s a really engaging listen. It’s a quiet, chilled out mix of songs with some (dare we say it?) Sufjan Stephens influences and plenty of cinematic references, probably to remind us of Cera’s day job.
There’s also a really pleasant Blaze Forley cover in there, which, if nothing else, helps ease the way into the rest of the album. And there’s a nice little piano thing called Gershy’s Kiss in a nod to George Gershwyn, judging by the runs he does. So basically, if you need a chill out playlist for the weekend, this should make it on there.
The album was released on August 8, but people really started taking notice when pal Jonah Hill gave Cera a leg up and tweeted about it on August 12.