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Guided by Voices will release “Earth Man Blues”, their 33rd album, on April 30 via Rockathon Records. Robert Pollard took songs he’d written over the last few years that ended up not getting recorded for other records, and reworked and refashioned them to fit a loose concept album about a musical stage production. While the idea of an album of leftovers from a group stampeding towards their 40th album might not sound immediately appealing, Guided by Voices are not your average group and Pollard’s throwaways are another band’s lead single.

“Is it really a musical?! The 33rd Guided By Voices album “Earth Man Blues” is a magical cinematic rock album, full of dramatic and surreal twists and turns. Lyrics and liner notes trace the growth of young Harold Admore Harold through a coming of age and a reckoning with darkness. Vivid scenes appear: snapshots of youth, fantastical nightmares, unknown worlds. The music hasn’t softened a bit. One will hear the impossibly perfect melodies and word play that you expect from Robert Pollard, with the band playing at peak-heavy. Doug Gillard’s brilliant guitar playing explodes out of the speakers. The rhythm section of Kevin March and Mark Shue, always strong and reliable, has grown into a breathing composite organism. Along with Bobby Bare Jr. on rhythm guitar, they drive the songs and make one’s head shake. Producer Travis Harrison ties the talents of the band together, once again recorded remotely and individually, pandemic-style.

This group bring to life the sounds in Pollard’s technicolour imagination.”

From the new album “Earth Man Blues”