Yep Roc Records will release the new Robyn Hitchcock album, Love From London, on March 5.
It was produced and engineered by Paul Noble, who handles bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals; Jenny Adejayan on cello/vocals; Lizzie Anstey on vocals/keyboards and Jenny Macro, Lucy Parnell and Anne Lise Frokedal on vocals.
A lo-fi rehearsal video featuring Green Gartside, Stephen Irvine, Terry Edwards, Mark Bedford, Adejayan and Noble in a London pub on a Sunday performing "Be Still" from the new album is available at youtube.com/watch?v=csWyalb2PQQ&feature=youtu.be
Hitchcock also celebrates his 60th birthday next March with a retrospective show on Feb. 28 at the Village Underground in London where he will be playing songs from each of his albums, accompanied by some of his favorite British musicians.
Hitchcock describes his songs as "paintings you can listen to." Love From London "celebrates life in a culture imperiled by economic and environmental collapse," he says. "We are surfing on the momentum of chaos. If a consensus on global warming comes from the people, then the media, the politicians, and the corporations will have to adapt to it. Rock and Roll is an old man's game now, so I'm staying in it."
Born in London in 1953, Robyn Hitchcock has written and recorded over 500 songs, including: "Where Are The Prawns," "I Wanna Destroy You," "The Cheese Alarm," "Sometimes A Blonde," "No, I Don't Remember Guildford," "To Be Human," "Where Do You Go When You Die," "Uncorrected Personality Traits," "Full Moon in My Soul," "Chinese Bones," "Madonna Of The Wasps," and recently a lament for the Arctic polar thaw "There Goes The Ice," recorded with KT Tunstall, with whom he was on a Cape Farewell environmental expedition to Greenland in 2008.
Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Hitchcock has played with many respected musicians including John Paul Jones, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Peter Buck, Nick Lowe, Abigail Washburn, Grant Lee Phillips, Martin & Eliza Carthy, Howe Gelb, Krystle Warren, Graham Coxon and Johnny Marr among others.
In 1996 Jonathan Demme directed an in-concert film about him in New York called Storefront Hitchcock, and in 2003 cast him in his remake of The Manchurian Candidate and in 2007's Rachel Getting Married.
The tracklisting for Love From London is below:
1. Harry's Song
2. Be Still
4. I Love You
5. Devil On a String
6. Strawberries Dress
7. Death and Love
8. Fix You
9. My Rain
10. End of Time