Guided By Voices have announced a new studio LP, entitled Earth Man Blues. The album is a combination of rejected songs and demos from the band’s archives.
Frontman Robert Pollard announced the album in Rolling Stone, saying: “I was blown away that I had discarded them. “Anyway, I combined some of them and created new arrangements. Others I just left the way they were.”
Pollard added that he made the album “seem almost autobiographical” by weaving characters and stage production notes throughout the songs.
“After listening to the final sequence, I thought it felt almost like a musical stage production so I added names and places. Actual scenarios and events that were real in my childhood,” he said.
“On the cover, it reads ‘A John. H. Morrison Presentation.’ John H. Morrison Elementary was the school I attended.”
Earth Man Blues will follow the three albums released by Guided By Voices in 2020, Surrender Your Poppy Field Mirrored Aztec, and Styles We Paid For. Earlier this year, the band also released the EP ‘Heaven Beats Iowa’ under the name Cub Scout Bowling Pins.
Earth Man Blues is set for release on 30 April. Coinciding with the announcement, Guided By Voices also released the lead single, Free Agents. Listen to the track below:
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