Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum (ft. Michael C. Hall) Transforms Phantogram’s ‘Cruel World’ in Stark New Video

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In early 2021, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, an indie/pop/experimental band featuring actor Michael C. Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under), drummer Peter Yanowitz (the Wallflowers) and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie), will release its full-length debut album, Thanks For Coming. The album will hit digital platforms on Feb. 12 and physical formats on March 26.

This week, the band shared a preview of the album in the form of a cover of Phantogram’s 2016 single “Cruel World,” accelerating the song’s propulsive rhythm with charging drums and an energized darkness. Visually, the video was filmed in the woods and has some stark imagery as well:

Recording the “Cruel World” cover comes as the band’s rendition of the track has become something of a fan favorite at shows in recent years, pretty much putting Hall’s significant vocal skills on full display:

“Cruel World” follows an earlier premiere of “Eat an Eraser” as previews of the upcoming record. That video, too, was a heavily stylized clip with jarring digital effects to match its synth-pop composition:

The album’s track listing:

Bombed Out Sites
Thanks For Coming
Too Cool To Care
Armageddon Suite
Eat An Eraser
The Deeper Down
Angela Peacock
Tomorrows Screams
Cruel World (Bonus Track)

As for a bit more about Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, the origin of the band’s name and more:

Taking their name from an idea that Katz-Bohen’s four-year-old daughter had for her imaginary band, Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum eschews traditional rock instrumentation in favor of stripped-down synthesizer-and-drum attack. A wealth of disparate influences flow into Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum’s songs – the glam, experimental, ambient music of David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder’s ‘70s disco productions for Donna Summer, ‘80s new wave dance music, contemporary electronic dance acts like Justice, and the roster of France’s Ed Banger label. A theatrical sensibility is part of the trio’s DNA, especially in live shows, having met several years ago on Broadway during the production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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