Darren Criss has been hard at work. Having sung covers of pop songs in his breakout role on television’s Glee, then tunes on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Criss has been writing his own work.
The musician performed at The Globe Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this month in celebration of the release of his new EP, Homework. The five-track album features Criss and his band, Computer Games.
As Variety reported, Criss explained the title for the album: “For starters, I made it mostly at home. Whether writing or recording it at my own place or at friends’, it’s about as homegrown as you can get. It was produced mostly with real live instruments, getting back to what really started my life as a songwriter in the first place — guitars and pianos and words and music,” Criss said in a message to his fans. “The main idea behind this was to embrace me just being me as much as possible in the hopes of it reaching you in some kind of positive way.”
“Secondly, homework always took me way too long to do. It’s true what they say—an artist’s work is never done,” he continued. “It never feels ‘done’ until it’s out there for someone else to experience. And so here I am, ‘finishing’ it by releasing it into the world, and encouraging it to live its own life with you. You who have waited very patiently and supported me tirelessly through the years—my family and friends from school growing up in San Francisco, my friends from college in Ann Arbor, the fans that kicked off my career and the new ones that are interested into diving a little deeper into my backstory. This one’s for you. So here, I did some homework.”
Watch the full live-streamed release show in the video above.