Allie Goertz Created the Perfect Rick & Morty Concept Album
It's not exactly wubba lubba dub dubstep. Which is good.
Singer/songwriter Allie Goertz has created a concept album based on everyone’s favorite sadcom: Rick & Morty. Titled “Sad Dance Songs,” the album takes a lot of the themes and vibes from Rick & Morty and sets them to dance music (of all things). The album itself is absolutely worth a listen, even if you’re not necessarily a fan of the show.
Goertz’s fandom is evident from the moment the first track–titled “Dance Bitch,” by the way–plays. It’s a semi-melancholic reflection on Rick’s catchphrase, “Wubba lubba dub dub,” which is itself really depressing. The song is reminiscent of Lana Del Rey mixed with an upbeat tempo and minor chords. This feeling carries out throughout the album, and in that way, it matches up well with the tone of the show. It even matches the tone of the Chaos Chaos song from that one episode of Rick & Morty. It’s fun and perky at points, but when you look a little deeper, you find that things are a little more… sad. A little more real, perhaps.
In the above music video for “Dance Bitch,” you might spy a few guest stars and familiar names in the credits. For example: playing Morty to Goertz’s Rick is Alex Hirsch of Gravity Falls fame. Hirsch also guest starred on Rick & Morty. The video also has really on-point nods to some of the show’s best gags, especially the multiple divergent timelines episode. The attention to detail is strong.
Much of Goertz’s past works are similarly nerdy: “The Ren & Stimpy Song,” “Hobbit Song,” and “Tonight (DnD)“. In the description for “Sad Dance Songs,” she mentions that a lot of these songs are folky and acoustic, marking this Rick & Morty album as a departure for the artist. Put simply, her style of downbeat folky singing and lyrics meshes very well with the electronic melodies. Again, it’s a great encapsulation of the feeling of the show, and as a concept album, works so incredibly well.
You can find much more about the album and its origins as a Kickstarter (!) in an interview she did with Inverse.
I’m totally a fan. I think you will be, too.
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