Juliet, Naked is a 2018 film adapted from a Nick Hornby novel that tells the tale of a transatlantic romance between forgotten cult-songwriter Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke) and obsessed fan Annie (Rose Byrne); who falls for him because of her unhappiness with her boyfriend, Duncan (Chris O’Dowd). You’re forgiven for not being compelled by the plot synopsis but what is really interesting about the film is that a handful of songs were written by real-life, well-loved songwriters to flesh out the discography of Hawke’s fictional character. The soundtrack features songs written by Conor Oberst, Ryan Adams (oof), Nathan Larson and Robyn Hitchcock but all sung by Hawke. The release also features stripped down demo versions from the original songwriters.
Tiny Ghost Records, the indie imprint from everyone’s favorite UK-to-Nashville import Robyn Hitchcock, recently announced a brand new 7″ for the full studio version of Hitchcock’s contribution to said soundtrack, “Sunday Never Comes.” Where the demo is, understandably, a sparse coupling of acoustic guitar and Hitchcock’s croonings, the studio version features a wonderfully textured, layered, sound courtesy of Hitchcock’s backing band The Nashville Fabs. For the record, that’s guitarist Buddy Hughen, bassist Pat Sansone and drummer Ryan Brewer.
To celebrate the announcement, Hitchcock teamed with director Jeremy Dylan to produce an official video for the piece. It’s a perfect companion with its contemplative shots, warm tones and melancholy feelings. Depicting thoughtfulness and wistfulness is not easy to accomplish without coming across as corny to some degree but the video feels legitimately reflective.