Randy Newman will release a new album entitled Dark Matter this August, his first since 2008's acclaimed Harps and Angels.

Recorded in Los Angeles, the album's nine songs include 2016's digitally-released Putin and songs about about President John F Kennedy and his brothers Joe, Bobby and Ted, and blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson. Science versus religion is explored as are (inevitably perhaps) love and loss, but given that unique Newman gloss..

Newman is known for writing from the perspective of various narrators, as in God's Song, one of his best-known songs.  

"If there is anything consistent about the songs, there is often more than one voice, in the big ones, and it’s different for me, a difficult thing to bring off, to make it comprehensible," the 71-year old musician and composer says, speaking about his new album.

"I think it works. They cover more ground than most songs do and portray a number of different characters. Audiences are smart. They’ll understand the songs. I hope they like them as well.

"I’m proud of the record, I think it’s entertaining - I hope it’s entertaining - and that’s eighty percent of what I try to do. Also, I’m doing something different than I’ve ever done before.  It’s a step forward for me. And considering how long I’ve been doing this, I’m kinda proud of that."

Newman made a number of hugely-successful solo albums in the 1970s before he began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s.

His music for movies include The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3. Unquestionably his best known number from the movies is You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story.