TMBG's Upcoming 23rd Album

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The twenty-third studio album by They Might Be Giants is currently in production.

Background[edit]

John Flansburgh began hinting around March 2019 that the band had begun working on their next album. The first studio sessions for the album took place later in the year, with initial photos and clips from the recording studio showing up on TMBG's social media on starting on November 18.[1][2]

In a December 2019 radio interview, Flansburgh estimated that TMBG will be writing and recording for the album through April 2020, but that the album will have an additional production phase after mixing that will make its release a "slightly longer process than normal".[3]

In a January 2020 newsletter, Flansburgh discussed the album's progress further and stated an album title had already been decided:

A couple of months ago we started in on the long process of writing and recording our next album. Strangely, we have even come up with a title for it which is something that usually takes forever and ultimately delays all progress. Guess we dodged that bullet this time!

Not a lot we can say about the work we're immersed in right now. There won’t be much to report for at least 6 months, and probably more. But for right now, here are single words taken from the titles of a bunch of new songs: Remember, Rule, Winnipeg, Lord, Wants, Buckle, Synopsis, Minivan, Circus, and Attention.

Now, will all of these one-word song clues really be included on our next album? Possibly not, but if that has peaked your interest, our job here is done.

In February 2020, Flansburgh confirmed on tumblr that the album was taking longer than others to finish, especially after their three-album output in 2018. He stated, "We did multiple albums in a row, kind of assuming that manic output would never end, but then it does!"[4]

Potential songs for inclusion[edit]

  • "Killing"[5]
  • "Part of You Wants to Believe Me"[6]
  • "Synopsis for Latecomers"[7]
  • "Tan Minivans"[8]
  • "There Will Be Sad"[9]

According to the January 22 newsletter, songs with these words in the titles may make the album:

  • Attention
  • Buckle
  • Circus
  • Lord
  • Remember
  • Rule
  • Winnipeg