Published Jun 03, 2014Dan the Automator's illustrious career has seen team-up with a number of artists over the years, from Del the Funky Homosapien and Damon Albarn to Prince Paul and Mike Patton. Next up on his list is a collaborative LP with actor Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Death Proof) as Got a Girl. The project's debut, I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now, will hurl itself into retailers July 22 through the Automator's own Bulk Recordings.
A press release explains that the origins of Got a Girl can be traced back to 2010 when both members were working on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, on which Dan the Automator (a.k.a. Dan Nakamura) provided score work. The pair met at a cast dinner where Winstead approached Nakamura to tell him she was fan. According to the actor in a press statement, the producer asked her at the film's red carpet premiere if they could make music together.
The debut album is said to mine influences of '60s pop music, including "girl group soul, café jazz, lush arrangements and groovy eroticism," with the producer's handiwork complemented by Winstead's "sweetly detached vocal delivery and nuanced lyricism." The set is also said to feature touches of hip-hop, Laurel Canyon folk, psychedelia and other assorted flavours.
"I've had the fortune of working with a lot of very talented people," Nakamura said in a statement. "When it's right, it's right. That makes it work really easily. Working with Mary is like working with Del [the Funky Homosapien] or working with Damon [Albarn] — it's really natural. It just works."
You can check out the hypnotic, symphonic bossa nova opener "Did We Live Too Fast" below.