An Evening with Lloyd Cole (2 sets) - 9/15/19Sunday, September 15 2019 6pm Doors / 7:30pm Start
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An Evening with Lloyd Cole (2 sets) - 9/15/19
at City Winery Washington DC
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LLOYD COLE, NEW ALBUM ‘GUESSWORK’ to be released on July 26th
“So I’m a complicated motherfucker / You knew that” - Night Sweats
Lloyd Cole will release his new album ‘Guesswork’ on 26th July ’19 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 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 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?” - 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?”
Since the instant success of his 1984 debut Rattlesnakes with his first band The Commotions, Lloyd Cole has continued to reinvent his career chapter after chapter. Born in Buxton, England, the songwriter formed the band while at Glasgow University, which he eventually left in pursuit of his glittering highly articulate music in the 1980s post-punk landscape. After two more albums and much touring, Cole moved to New York and released the first of many solo records, all with a healthy spirit of reinvention.
The late 90’s found Cole pulled in multiple directions, which resulted in the formation of a new band, The Negatives, including Commotions guitarist Neil Clark and songwriter Jill Sobule among others. With this new outfit, Cole expanded his oeuvre, featuring many guest collaborations on The Negatives self-titled debut (2000), as well as incorporating many covers into their touring repertoire. Undoubtedly, this would not only serve to broaden their palette, but also reflected back onto the strength of Cole’s own songs. Ever in many directions, Cole released two additional albums in 2001: the final incarnation of a long-awaited 1996 solo album etc as well as an album of instrumental synthesizer music Plastic and Wood, somehow alongside all of the touring.
Since then, Cole has continued to expand his format: touring constantly, making albums of various stripe including live concert recordings, reuniting with the Commotions for a 20th anniversary tour & re-release, as well as releasing archival collections of earlier heard & unheard music. A highlight among them, Cole dug into the realm of modular synthesizers for an instrumental collaboration with Austrian musician Hans Joachim Roedelius, who created an unsolicited remix of Plastic and Wood back in 2002. Their duo record Selected Studies came out in 2013 to resounding acclaim. His most recent original work, Standards, finds Cole continuing his exploration of the vocal song form, which The Independent, No Depression, American Songwriter have unanimously praised as his best work yet.