Stream Michael Cera's Lo-Fi Folk Album True That

Michael Cera is no stranger to the world of indie music. He has a long history with Islands: he’s appeared in a few videos for them and played bass on tour for Nicholas Thorburn’s side project Mister Heavenly. He helped out with guitar and backing vocals on Weezer’s Hurley. And he put together an impressive playlist for his 2008 film Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist. He was also in a band called The Long Goodbye for a while back in the Myspace days, alongside Clark And Michael co-star Clark Duke. Last night, friend and fellow actor Jonah Hill tweeted a link to Cera’s debut album, saying that he “not only is a brilliant actor, he also makes great music.” His first collection of songs is called True That and his Bandcamp doesn’t provide any info besides a short bio: “Michael Cera was born in Canada in 1988 at the tender age of zero.” It’s a surprisingly charming collection of lo-fi bedroom pop that mostly consists of instrumentals. Cera hasn’t officially confirmed that the Bandcamp belongs to him, but it certainly sounds like him and it would make sense. Listen to it below.

Comments (14)
  1. I can’t believe how interesting his music really is! I am very pleasantly surprised with this! The only drawback is that I picture him at the Frozen Banana Stand. Needs to put together some videos to set the mood right.

  2. Yeah I am actually quite enjoying this. Very cool project.

  3. Don’t forget his perfect rhythm and his mean skills on the wood block.

  4. I vacillate between enjoying Michael Cera and despising him and I figured this would give rise to the latter, but surprisingly enjoyable stuff here.

  5. I dig this

  6. This is better than pretty much all of the recent selections for Album of the Week.

  7. I really dig Michael Cera. The fact that all of the guys in This Is The End basically played some variation on the guy we think they are and decided to play himself as a coked out whore hound speaks volumes about him. And for those of you that haven’t seen it Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is a GREAT movie.

    Plus he’s George Michael. And for this guy……that’s a lifetime pass.

  8. This is very, very good. He has a great sensibility; there’s “Swordfishtrombones”-era Waits stuff here in spades, as well as a genuinely creative spirit at work who understands the FUN of accidental melody through experimentation. This is something I’ll be listening to more than once.

  9. I am quite surprised by how much I like this. Curious as to how many of the instruments he is playing. I really dug the Mister Heavenly album and now I’m wondering what it would of sounded like if he would of done more than play a few shows with them.

    • Also I find it amusing that what was then touted as a “supergroup” has now been downgraded to “Nicholas Thorburn’s side project”. Quite offensive to Honus Honus and Joe Plumber. Nick’s my least favorite member of that band.

  10. This kid of reminds me of the first Youth Lagoon album is some ways. Very sweet without being cloying.
    This is neat stuff

  11. Well, if it’s not him then you’re just promoting some random dude’s bandcamp

  12. Worse album/mixtape cover ever

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