Grammy-winning composer Danny Elfman has returned with news of his first solo album in 37 years Big Mess, and has unveiled new track "True" to accompany the announcement.
Elfman's new song is teamed with a video by Sarah Sitkin, who says, "The video is an exploration of fractured identity, muffled through the lens of memory. Danny is a central figure within the video, yet only in his reproduced likeness via prosthetics, masks and 3-D printed body parts. I wanted to make a video that was gritty, unpolished and uncomfortable."
Big Mess will mark Elfman's first non-soundtrack studio album since 1984, and includes contributions from drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Wheezer, The Vandals), bassist Stu Brooks (Dub Trio, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill), and guitarists Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses) and Nili Brosh (Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert).
Elfman began creating Big Mess in 2020 during the pandemic. He says, "Once I began writing, it was like opening a Pandora’s box and I found I couldn’t stop. None of it was planned. I had no idea how many songs I would write but from the start, it quickly became a two-sided project with heavily contrasting and even conflicting tones."
He adds, "I knew from the start that this wasn’t going to be a neat, easy-to-categorise record. It was always destined to be this crazy cacophony because that’s who I am. The Big Mess is me."