MSB Details a Dysfunctional But Irresistible Relationship In ‘A Thousand Times’: Video Premiere

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It's been eight years since his debut album, however MSB — aka Michael Sackler-Berner — hasn't been slacking. He's launched 5 EPs and fashioned a band, the Slim Kings, in the course of the interim, and he saved writing at a tempo that accrued some 50 demos he thought of for his upcoming album Short Stories, whose animated video for the monitor "A Thousand Times" is premiering beneath. 

"Over the course of the final six or seven years there can be songs that felt too good to placed on an EP," Berner — whose songs additionally appeared in TV packages similar to Chicago Fire, Nurse Jackie, Bloodline and others — tells Billboard. "So I used to be slowly amassing songs for a document, and those on (Short Stories) have been those that have been hanging across the longest and wouldn't go away." The vary, nonetheless, offered a little bit of an issue in turning the songs right into a cohesive album. 

"I made a decision that slightly than making one other singer-songwriter rock document, which might be boring, I wished to type of let every music do its personal factor and go as far in that route as attainable," Berner explains. "The concept was every music residing by itself, and the thesis was it is a guide of quick tales or a shuffled playlist, relying on the medium you're speaking about."

Amidst the album's many stylistic flavors, "A Thousand Times" is one in every of Short Stories' most spare tracks, a somber melody he wrote on piano in a basement in Santa Fe, with Berner's vocal accompanied by a string association. "It was written a couple of friendship and a pal you're type of magnetized to and may't get away from — can't reside with 'em, can't reside with out 'em," Berner says.

"It's type of a dysfunctional relationship, but it surely's the concept that your love for each other or the shared historical past and expertise continues to win out. That's the optimism in there." The video by John David McGrew makes use of 2D paper cutouts for example a pair at numerous phases of their lives, separating and reuniting into previous age. 

"Life can pull folks aside, however sure folks all the time return to one another it doesn’t matter what," says Berner. "That makes for an terrible lot of hellos and goodbyes — within the case of the video, a lifetime of them." The singer and songwriter has been together with his spouse for a largely useful 16 years, however he provides that "the longevity of a relationship provides to the magnitude, which is one thing that's conveyed in ('A Thousand Times'), too."

With Short Stories out Feb. 22, Berner has set a March four MSB present for Joe's Pub in New York City and plans to line up extra dates quickly. The Slim Kings, which additionally consists of former Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and bassist Andy Attanasio, can be engaged on a brand new album, although no timetable for launch has been set simply but.