JEREMY SISTO ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE AND PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO “JUST CUZ” ON YOUTUBE
ESCAPE TAILOR AVAILABLE MAY 8thEXCLUSIVELY ON iTUNES
Acclaimed actor Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory, Law & Order, Six Feet Under) has announced the release of his solo debut album, Escape Tailor –available May 8th on iTunes. Sisto has also premiered the lead video “Just Cuz” on Youtube. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbqdSSHHr_4
For Sisto, music has been “something I’ve always loved and performed in my own time,” and the character of Escape Tailor is something of an alter ego that evolved after he started playing for small audiences in
. “He’s someone who lives wholly in the present, unburdened of social norms and deeply tethered to his own flawed humanity,” says Sisto. With his wild hair and blanched face, the character seems equal parts street musician and homeless clown, a ghost “that people look through, like a lot of people on the fringes of society.” New York
The songs, many of which written and recorded in his home studio, are largely contemplative and downbeat, reminiscent of Jeff Bridges’ down-and-out balladry in Crazy Heart, fueled by Sisto’s expressive baritone, which frequently rises to a tenor howl. Its themes – alienation and attachment, hardship and faith, transgression and redemption – come alive with Sisto’s facile acoustic guitar work, incorporating threads of folk, country, R&B and blues.
In the first music video, “Just Cuz,” Sisto’s Escape Tailor wanders the streets in a white suit with his guitar: the world seemingly moving backward as he flails ahead, some onlookers recoiling at his appearance, most simply ignoring him. Along with the biblically imbued “Our Daily Bread,” the album’s songs limn scenes of personal hardship and sundered love. From the acquiescence of “The Dream Is Dead” to the solitary “Cold Moon” and “To Be Too,” the album also offers upbeat tracks like “Charlie Ballerina,” with its driving guitar and ethereal background vocals. Most of its stories, however, focus on relationships: the paradox of “Free Love,” the angst of “Sad and In Your Arms” which opens with the happy screams of a child, the devotional promise of “Right By My Side,” the recrimination and ranting of “Oxygen.” The album culminates in a message of hope with “I’m In True,” a pledge of a reformed soul ready “to come home again.”
Best known for playing the bipolar Billy Chenowith on five seasons of Alan Ball’s HBO series “Six Feet Under,” Jeremy Sisto recently wrapped a three-year run on NBC’s “Law & Order” as Det. Cyrus Lupo following the short-lived yet critically acclaimed NBC series “Kidnapped” and titular roles in the Emmy-nominated miniseries “Jesus” and “Julius Caesar,” among other work.
He is currently featured as George Altman in “Suburgatory,” the single-camera ABC series nominated for a 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
Sisto’s film credits are eclectic and include
Grand Canyon, Clueless, Hideaway, Moonlight and Valentino, White Squall, Without Limits, Suicide Kings, Thirteen, Wrong Turn and Waitress. Forthcoming are two feature projects: As Cool as I Am with Claire Danes and James Marsden, and Robot and Frankwith Frank Langella, James Marsden and Liv Tyler.
Among his theater credits are those in Los Angeles – Take Me Out, which earned Sisto an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, Sidney Kingsley’s Dead End and the one-man show Sanguine – and in New York: from his Broadway debut in Festento an adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s film The Celebration to the recently completed run of Beau Willimon’s Spirit Control.
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