David Duchovny Announces Debut Album

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David Duchovny

Said the star of 'The X-Files' and 'Californication': "What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve."

X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson saw a considerable amount of musician fanfare back in the show's heyday. There was Bree Sharp's "David Duchovny," Silent Meow's "Gillian Anderson," Human Hamster Hybrids' "Scully"and, of course, "Mulder And Scully" by Catatonia, to name a few (or possibly all).

But now the show's leading man is trying his own hand at a musical release, with a new folk-rock album called Hell or Highwater

The release comes at a pretty good time for Duchovny's profile. Last month he released his best selling novel, Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale, and he'll be reviving the role of Agent Fox Mulder for a new six-episode season of The X-Files that should begin production later this year. 

Adding musician to his resume now, Duchovny's new 12-song set is due out May 12th on ThinkSay Records. 

"Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream — it's still a shock when I think about how all this music happened," Duchovny said in a statement about the release. "What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve, and I look forward to sharing it with everyone."

Duchovny spoke with USA Today about his music, explaining he began playing guitar several years ago and started writing his own songs after sitting in with Los Angeles singer-songwriter Keaton Simons.

"I'm lucky enough to be able to book some really great TV spots and get exposure that a normal new artist, which is what I guess I am in this field, wouldn't be able to get," he said. 

The new tunes are played with a band of musicians who play separately as Weather, and they plan to play some live shows but haven't yet booked a tour. 

"I'm learning what it's like to sing with a live band, how close to be to the mic, learning about singing, period," he said. "It's a journey of discovery for me. I hope that I get to discover certain things before the audience does, so it's not too painful."

Check out some previews of the album below:

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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