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Tim Heidecker’s AM pop-inspired ditties have been a reliably amiable arm of the comedian’s multi-faceted career, which, as of late, includes a killer role in Jordan Peels’ Us and a national tour of his On Cinema web series. Now, less than three months following the release of his Another Year In Hell EP, he’s back with a new LP, What The Brokenhearted Do..., which he dubs a “non-autobiographical sad song cycle.” Produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, it arrives on June 7th via Jagjaguwar.

Unlike his last few records, which include both the aforementioned EP and 2017's Too Dumb For Suicide, these songs serve not to satirize our messy president and the far-right lunacy he inspires. It does, however, have roots in toxic online culture, as it was inspired by the slack-jawed internet trolls who started a rumor that Heidecker’s wife had left him. While not true, it got him in the mood to explore themes of heartbreak and divorce, and the results sound fantastic.


Lead single “When I Get Up” has charm for days, with jaunty piano and percussion underscoring a rich, ultra-catchy chorus that belies its bleary-eyed lyrics. Check out a meta music video for the track below, which finds Heidecker pitching a director on a “classic dance video” for the track, one in the vein of the Talking Heads’ “Once In A Lifetime.” Unfortunately, Heidecker’s budget allows only for, well, the pitch itself (and a cardboard box, which the singer promptly climbs into at video’s end).

Pre-order the album here and check out the song and video below.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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