[24 May 2010]
PopMatters Associate Music Editor
Matt Johnson’s pioneering alt-rock alter ego, The The, hasn’t released a proper album since 2000’s below-par Naked Self. However, Johnson has slowly developed an internet presence for The The in recent years, especially with his series of Radio Cineola webcasts. Now comes an official new The The album. But don’t expect another Infected or Dusk. Rather, it’s the soundtrack to Tony, an indie psycho-thriller film directed by Johnson’s brother Gerard. Here’s what’s known so far: The album features 24 new songs, though most if not all figure to be instrumentals. It’s available exclusively from The The’s official website and comes with a 68-page book with photos and notes from the Johnson brothers.