Today, Capitol Records released ‘Bad Dreams’, the first single from Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson’s new EP, Apart. Set for release on June 1, Apart marks their first collaboration since their 2009 album, Break Up. The EP features four brand new recordings and a new version of ‘Tomorrow’, a song that originally appeared on Yorn’s last album, 2016’s ArrangingTime. See below for track listing.
The official video for ‘Bad Dreams’ premiered exclusively on Apple Music today and can be viewed via this link. Conceived by legendary director Sophie Muller (Sade, Gwen Stefani, Annie Lennox), it takes Yorn and Johansson on a strange trip through the night where nothing is what it seems. Their relationship plays out through a series of surreal moments where roles are reversed, and suspicion is heightened. In the end, we don’t know if it was all a dream.
“It was great to collaborate with Scarlett again. We recorded ‘Bad Dreams’ over a couple of days in downtown LA at the Spring Street studio of our old friend R. Walt Vincent,” says Pete Yorn.
“If Breakup was dealing with an unravelling relationship, Apart is dealing with the aftermath,” he explains. “It acknowledges the array of heavy emotions that come up living separate lives. You’re getting used to the idea of not being with someone who has been a big part of your life. Even after a break up has occurred, the presence of an ex still seems to loom large in one’s mind for a while. There are moments during the day where you wonder, is it really over? Or will there be another chapter in the relationship now that it has evolved? The EP is an attempt to sort through all this and get comfortable with the excitement of new freedoms while facing underlying fears of the unknown road that lies ahead.”
Scarlett Johansson adds, “Being able to revisit this project with Pete in a totally different context but within the same creative parameters is a unique artistic opportunity for me. It is always a pleasure to sing with Pete because I think our voices and stories complement each other.”
Certified Platinum in France, Yorn & Johansson’s Break Up charted on the Alternative and Rock album tallies in the US as well as the Billboard 200. Entertainment Weekly said, “Johansson’s throaty vocals fit Break Up’s intimate vibe” and Alternative Press praised “the bittersweet bounce of [lead single] ‘Relator’.” Paste noted, “the eight songs Yorn has written for this album are among his best—the kind of thoughtful, catchy heartache pop at which he excels. Between Yorn’s ingratiating tunes, Johansson’s harmonies and the lush, inventive production, Break Up ultimately succeeds in its ambitious goal of capturing the spirit—if not the sound—of the late-’60s musical partnership between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot.”
Track Listing – Apart
Tomorrow (Remix featuring Scarlett Johansson)