Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has teamed with Chilly Gonzales for a new collaborative album titled Room 29 which will be out May 17. Chilly has played piano for Feist, Drake, Lykke Li, and others, and this collaboration with Jarvis looks to be an album of spare piano songs. (iTunes has it in the "Classical Crossover" genre and it's out via classical label Deutch Gramophon.) As Pitchfork points out, the record features contributions from flautist Nathalie Hauptman, French horn player Hasko Kroeger, singer Maud Techa, and film historian David Thomson. It's a concept record and here's the description:

Do you believe in ghosts? What if a room could tell you the life-stories of the people that have inhabited it? Better still - what if it could sing you those stories? In Room 29, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales give a voice to those ghosts, using music, theatrics, clips from classic Hollywood movies and more to reveal the secrets of Room 29 of the Château Marmont hotel in Hollywood.

You can listen to "Tearjerker," "The Return of Tearjerker" and watch a short album trailer below.

Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzalez - Room 29 tracklist:
01 Room 29
02 Marmont Overture
03 Tearjerker
04 Interlude 1 - Hotel Stationery
05 Clara
06 Bombshell
07 Belle Boy
08 Howard Hughes Under the Microscope
09 Salomé
10 Interlude 2 - 5 Hours a Day
11 Daddy, You’re Not Watching Me
12 The Other Side
13 The Tearjerker Returns
14 A Trick of the Light
15 Room 29 (Reprise)
16 Ice Cream As Main Course

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