“Women’s Studies” comes from new album that features no less than Fred Maher and Matthew Sweet; meanwhile, initial vinyl pressing arrives on clear wax, Jack!
By Blurt Staff
The album’s called Standards and it was previously available only overseas—into the gap steps Omnivore to bring the acclaimed Lloyd Cole album to fans Stateside on Sept. 30. We’ve got a sweet track premiere just for you, discriminating BLURT-ers. It’s called “Women’s Studies” and you will dig it:
The backstory: Recorded in late 2012 to early 2013 in Los Angeles, New York and at his home in Massachusetts, the albumis produced by Lloyd and mixed by maverick German producer Olaf Opal. All songs are by Lloyd Cole apart from “California Earthquake,” which was written by American folk artist John Hartford. The band Lloyd assembled for Standards comprises Fred Maher (Lou Reed, Material, Scritti Politti) on drums and Matthew Sweet on bass reforming the rhythm section from Lloyd’s debut solo album, 1990’s Lloyd Cole and its follow-up Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe. Also appearing on the record are Joan Wasser, Lloyd’s son Will, Mark Schwaber and Matt Cullen on guitars, Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan, percussionist Michael Wyzik and, from Cole’s post-Commotions band the Negatives, backing vocalist Dave Derby.
Says Lloyd, of the record,“I wanted to make an album with a small fixed palette of sounds, like a Van Gogh, like Highway 61. The album format is supposedly dead, but I still want to make them. Not bunches of songs – albums. For the last 10 years I’ve been primarily an acoustic musician but this is an album for electric guitars, electric bass and loud drums, with piano and synthesizer. Not quite monochrome, then, but not ever-changing either: it has a unique identity — a sound.”
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