The multitalented Matt Berry's new album The Small Hours is out this Friday (9/16) via Acid Jazz. As I've said before, most people just know him as a comedian from such British series as The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, and Snuff Box. But he's a very accomplished musician (he composed all the music for Snuff Box) whose records owe much to lush, baroque folk-rock. There are touches of humor in the lyrics, but this is not novelty rock. The new single off The Small Hours is "The Peach & the Mellon" and is a terrific example of what Berry can do, musically. He told us a little about it:

"The Peach and the Melon" is a song about wasted time. It is a very thinly veiled comment on organised religion/cults. The sentiment can be condensed in the lyric 'preoccupied with looking up when it's so clear, it's all down here'

Yes, but what about the "the fox came in and woke me up, damn creature ate my pizza?" Discern for yourself, "The Peach and the Mellon" premieres in this post. Stream it below.

As mentioned, Matt and his band The Maypoles will be starting a UK tour in a couple weeks. Those dates are listed below.

Matt Berry & The Maypoles – 2016 Tour Dates
Tuesday 25th October — Birmingham, Academy 2
Wednesday 25th October — Sheffield, Foundry
Thursday 27th October — Edinburgh, Liquid Room
Friday 28th October — Newcastle, Riverside
Saturday 29th October — Middlesbrough, Teesside University
Sunday 30th October — Manchester, Academy
Tuesday November 1st — London, KOKO
Wednesday 2nd November — Bristol, SWX
Thursday 3rd November — Nottingham, Rescue Rooms