The twenty-first studio recording and first-ever eponymous release of the legendary British artist's four-decade career, Robyn Hitchcock is described by its creator as "an ecstatic work of negativity," and is heralded by the metamorphic new single, "I Want To Tell You About What I Want." The album immediately stands among the most energized and ambitious recordings of the iconic troubadour's long career. It sees the East Nashville-based Hitchcock casting familiar shapes into surprising new forms, the sci-fi fueled sounds and visions that first stimulated his work now ribboned with experience and hard-earned wisdom.
Songs like "Sayonara Judge" are gorgeous and intense, rife with avant imagery, astringent wit, and righteous anger. Spanning dystopic psychedelia ("Mad Shelley's Letterbox," "Time Coast"), inspired folk baroque ("Raymond and the Wires," "1970 In Aspic"), even rambunctious liver-fried country ("I Pray When I'm Drunk"), Robyn Hitchcock marks both a masterful new chapter and ideal entry point into Hitchcock's wildly brilliant oeuvre.
Robyn Hitchcock was recorded in Nashville, TN, with producer Brendan Benson and backing by a crack band of fellow Music City pickers and players that includes guitarist Annie McCue, bassist Jon Estes, and drummer Jon Radford. Harmony vocal contributions come courtesy of Emma Swift, Grant Lee Phillips, Gillian Welch, and Wilco's Pat Sansone.