Dan the Automator + Mary Elizabeth Winstead Team Up for Album
Wed, 29 May 2013 11:36:40
Riddle time. What do you get when you mix a 28-year-old actress who once belted out an unaccompanied '60s tune in a film scene for director Quentin Tarantino, with a 45-year-old classically trained violinist-turned-DJ and super music producer?
You get Got a Girl, a blossoming collaboration between actress-chanteuse Mary Elizabeth Winstead and music producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura. With Nakamura writing the music and Winstead responsible for the melodies and the majority of the lyrics, the eponymous album will be released in August via EMI.
A chance encounter during the filming of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which starred Winstead and featured several songs by Nakamura, led the pair to an unexpected meeting of minds and musical tastes. On a whim, Nakamura invited Winstead to join him in his studio. A few sessions later, the duo realized that something fabulous and unpredictable was happening.
"It started out as just an interesting experiment," says Winstead. "And then we realized, 'Hey, what we're doing is really good.' We recorded a dozen songs, each one coming from a different place, but with a unifying vibe. All of a sudden, it felt like we were doing an album."
The common theme to their collaborations was romance, says Nakamura, but not in the way most people think. "When we say 'romance,' we're talking about lifestyle and attitude, in addition to relationships and mood," he explains.
Distilling and decanting the spirits of John Keats and Charlotte Corday, Chopin and nouvelle chanson, Got a Girl serve up a sweet and sharply carbonated cocktail of the epic, the baroque, the absurd —by turns sentimental and postmodern, and in total, utterly irresistible.
Listen to the board mix of "You and Me," which reminds us of the sultry stylings of Lana Del Rey.
What do you think of Got a Girl?