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Actor Michael Cera's album not a 'big thing'

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NEW YORK -- Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week -- quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself.

"I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen to them," he said in an interview Thursday.

The 26-year-old, whose TV and film credits include Arrested Development, Juno and Superbad, dropped the 18-song album, true that, on the Bandcamp website on Aug. 8.

It went largely overlooked until his acting buddy Jonah Hill tweeted a link Wednesday.

The album, which streams free and costs $7 to download, is made up of airy, folky tracks, some just wordless fragments, some more fully fleshed out. Some songs are covers and others have borrowed sound, ranging from a TV reporter swearing after swallowing a bug to a piece of dialogue lifted from the 1973 film O Lucky Man!

"It's honest. It's just an effort," Cera said, adding that he created the songs with GarageBand software. "I'm limited by many things -- my abilities, my imagination and my technology.

"I didn't want anyone to take it seriously or think that I was taking it seriously by it being a big thing," said Cera of the under-the-radar release.

"It's there now. Now people can hear the stuff I've spent time with and care about for a long time."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2014 G2

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