Lambchop have shared a new song, “A Chef’s Kiss.” It’s the first offering from the band’s new album Showtunes, which is out May 21 via Merge. Kurt Wagner described the song in a statement as “a reflection on the temporal nature of life and ultimately of song itself. A ‘chef’s kiss’ being a gesture toward something perfected or well done, even loved.” Take a listen to that below.
Wagner made the album remotely with new collaborators Ryan Olson of Gayngs and Poliça, Yo La Tengo’s James McNew, co-producer and engineer Jeremy Ferguson, horn player and arranger CJ Camerieri, and Cologne DJ Twit One. “The original idea behind Lambchop was: anyone could be part of Lambchop (so long as they behaved themselves),” Wagner said. “This revolving-door policy is how the band has grown and contracted through our many years.”
Last year, Wagner and co. released TRIP, a covers album featuring songs by artists like the Supremes and Stevie Wonder. The last proper Lambchop album, This (is what I wanted to tell you), was released in 2019.
Revisit Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 interview with Kurt Wagner from 2012.
01 A Chef’s Kiss
02 Drop C
03 Papa Was a Rolling Stone Journalist
05 Unknown Man
06 Blue Leo
07 Impossible Meatballs
08 The Last Benedict