Justin Timberlake Served Bugs at the Party for His New Album
Guests were served ants and grasshoppers, not to mention ‘wild beach plants’ and ‘sea urchin and kelp pie.’
Get ready to bug out when you hear what Justin Timberlake offered guests at the recent listening party for his new album: ants and grasshoppers, among other earthy delights in keeping with the album’s title, "Man of the Woods."
But before you say "eew," you should probably know that the creepy-crawly critters were prepared (on site, as the 16-track album played, Variety reports) by Rene Redzepi’s super-celebrated Nordic restaurant Noma, which boasts two Michelin stars. So those grasshoppers were served with aebleskiver, a traditional Danish pancake, and the ants with black garlic and rose oil.
Doesn’t sound quite so gross anymore, does it?
Also on the menu for the event, which was held at a New York City event space decorated with bushes and trees and attended by music industry types and journalists, as well as a few lucky folks who won tickets through American Express: crispy cabbage, watercress, wild beach plants; sea urchin and kelp pie; black truffle flatbread; and pork crackling, chocolate, dried berries.
"Fancy bugs, basically," music journalist Brian A. Hernandez tweeted, along with a picture of the menu and track list.
Good thing the attendees had some interesting food to talk about (positively or negatively) because they apparently signed NDAs about the album, which is dropping in bits and pieces, in January and then finally in its entirety on Feb. 2.
"This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any album I’ve ever written, where I’m from," Timberlake explained in a moody teaser for the new album. "And it’s personal."
Yeah, Justin fans, feel free to bug out about that.
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