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Now up for pre-order at recordstore.co.uk
Big Mess marks Elfman’s first solo collection in more than thirty seven years, but it’s no return to form. Clocking in at 18 tracks, the sprawling, ambitious double album finds the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking bold new ground as both a writer and a performer, drawing on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra in an effort to exorcise the demons brought about by four years of creeping fascism and civil rot.
The songs here call to mind everything from Nine Inch Nails, to David Bowie to XTC at times, balancing dense, harmonically complex arrangements with biting, acerbic wit as they reckon with the chaos and confusion of the modern world. Elfman wrote almost all of the record during quarantine, and while the anger, frustration, and isolation of it all is palpable in his delivery, Big Mess is about more than simply blowing off steam. In making the space to truly sit with his emotions and write without limitations, Elfman achieved a kind of artistic liberation on the record that had been eluding him for decades, rediscovering his voice and reinventing himself all at once in the process.
Born and raised in southern California, Elfman began his career as part of a surrealist, avant-garde musical theater troupe known as The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo. The group would eventually morph into the critically acclaimed rock band Oingo Boingo, whose high-energy performances and genre-bending sound garnered them a fanatically devoted cult following in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Among the group’s early fans was fledgling director Tim Burton and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), who enlisted Elfman to score their first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
The collaboration would prove to be the start of a long and fruitful partnership for Elfman and Burton, with Elfman going on to score a string of iconic Burton features like Batman, Beetlejuice, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. To date, Elfman has scored more than 100 films.
Thanks! Been waiting for something. Wish he had a vinyl pre order
Snap. Cds only from the email I got from them unfortunately.
Missed it. Good find though!
Amazing find got one just in time. Thank you
Also got one. Danny Elfman's a legend. Thank you!
Few more signed CD's have been added (7 left as I'm writing this)
Thanks for catching the restock, I missed it on the first go around. Also, I think I ordered the last one...
Just came in the post I was expecting the cd to be signed. But it was an extra little postcard signed. Still pretty happy with it! 3F1947EA-0F1D-4784-8AB0-B8B9F774D204.jpeg
So it's not even the size of a CD cover? That's really dumb. Making this s*** harder and harder to frame.
No it’s pretty much the same size as the cd case! Just postcardy material. I have just presumed it would have been the cd case signed but that’s sealed with signed peace popped in the envelope!
For anyone who ordered this - did you receive an email when it shipped? Dan already received his, but I don't think mine has even shipped for some reason. My order status still just says "Confirmed."
Yes, you get an email. Bit weird yours says confirmed on the order status as everything I have ordered from them either say pending or processed in order history