Lloyd Cole will release his new album Guesswork on July 26 on the earMUSIC label. Recorded (mostly) in his attic studio in Massachusetts, Guesswork is produced by Lloyd and mixed by maverick German producer Olaf Opal, with executive production from Chris Hughes. The record was mastered by Kai Blankenberg at Skyline Tonfabrik in Dusseldorf.
Lloyd collaborated with three other musicians on Guesswork, most notable of whom are two former bandmates – guitarist Neil Clark and keyboard player Blair Cowan – who found themselves working together on an album with Lloyd for the first time since The Commotions’ swansong Mainstream in 1987. However anyone expecting a Commotions sound will be on the wrong tack: Guesswork is predominantly an “electronic” album. Lloyd, Blair Cowan and another longtime Lloyd associate Fred Maher (drummer on Lloyd’s early solo albums and his last album 2013’s Standards) have fashioned the Guesswork sound from classic and modern keyboard, modular and drum synthesizers, though guitars played by both Lloyd and Neil Clark do feature. Lloyd’s ear for a melody, his lyrical smarts, and his unmistakable voice ensure these songs stand shoulder to shoulder with anything he has previously written.
“I might just stop breathing
I might just stop keeping time
With the violins
Or I might come out swinging
And what if I sang out of key
With the violins?”
Says Lloyd: “When I was 27, the concept of the washed up older guy seemed very entertaining. Now I’m starting to think that old age could be a lot more fun. Because really what have we got to lose?”
Lloyd Cole has released 14 studio albums including three with The CommotionsRattlesnakes (84), Easy Pieces (’85), Mainstream (’87)] nine solo albums Lloyd Cole (’90),Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe (’91), Bad Vibes (’93), Love Story (95), Plastic Wood (’01),Music In A Foreign Language (’03), Anti Depressant (’06), Broken Record (’10), Standards(’13)], one with The Negatives (The Negatives (2000)) and one with Hans Joachim Roedelius (Selected Studies Vol. 1 (’13)).
The portrait of Lloyd that graces the cover of Guesswork is by Glasgow Art School graduate and former singer of The Big Dish, Steven Lindsay.
1. The Over Under
2. Night Sweats
5. The Afterlife
6. Moments and Whatnot
7. When I Came Down From The Mountain
8. The Loudness Wars
All songs are by Lloyd Cole apart from “Remains” and “When I Came Down From The Mountain,” which were written by Lloyd and Blair Cowan. The album will be available on CD, vinyl, DL and streaming platforms.
Lloyd Cole will tour the UK and Ireland in October. Neil Clark will accompany him. The full list of dates is: