New Single: The Last Benedict

May 18, 2021

Lambchop's new album, Showtunes, will be released 21 May via City Slang. Having already shared lead single 'A Chef's Kiss' and the highly imaginative, immersive video for 'Fuku', the band have today followed up with the visuals for new single 'The Last Benedict'. As spectral snippets of opera flit in and out of the gently swelling production, 'The Last Benedict' is the clearest demonstration yet of the way Lambchop have turned the distant idea of 'show tunes' into something completely original and beautiful. Speaking of the track, Lambchop's Kurt Wagner says:

„At the breakfast buffet table in a hotel during the Pickathon Festival, I was 'lucky' enough to get the last eggs Benedict of the service. One sad egg. Later, I caught the final scene in Giant, the one after the brawl in the diner where a battered but bemused Rock Hudson looks across the table at his grandson and says something akin to 'the last Benedict'. Much later, I was sitting on my back porch and wrote this song.“

In late 2019, as he has done so many times throughout his varied and fascinating career, Kurt Wagner was experimenting with something new, something that would eventually reveal itself as Lambchop's Showtunes. By taking simple guitar tracks and converting them into MIDI piano tracks, 'Suddenly I discovered I could 'play' the piano', he says. 'It was a revelation that from those conversions, I was able to manipulate each note and add, subtract, arrange the chords and melody into a form that didn't have any of the limitations I had with my previous methods of writing with a guitar'.