Monday, September 27, 2021

Darren Criss Releases New EP ‘Masquerade’

Today, Darren Criss released his newest EP Masquerade via BMG. Over the course of the past few months, Criss shared a number of singles including “f*kn around,” “i can’t dance,” and “for a night like this.”

Criss discussed the release of Masquerade at length via his Instagram and what the newest it means to him.

“Acting and music are, at their core, the same to me. It’s all about identifying an idea and somehow transforming it into an experience, by way of breathing life into a specific masque. As an actor, I’ve always sought to be consistently inconsistent with the masques I put on, and so I seek to follow suit with the music I make. In the same way a ‘role’ can be different from story to story, each piece of music should be treated like a different ‘part’ in a different play. Masquerade is a small collection of the variety of musical masques that have always inspired me. They might not always sound or feel the same, but they are inevitably and undeniably me behind each masque. And that’s the kind of eclecticism that not only makes for a successful masquerade ball- but what makes me, me.”

darren criss masquerade ep promotional photo
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The tracklist for the album includes:

1.    f*kn around

2.    i can’t dance

3.    let’s

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4.    walk of shame

5.    for a night like this

On August 29, Criss will debut some of the music from the EP live at Elsie Fest in NYC. There are still a number of tickets available on the Elsie Fest website. Masquerade is available to stream and purchase on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, and more.

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