Lloyd Cole to release new studio album “Guesswork” on July 26th 2019

Lloyd Cole Guesswork cover
Lloyd Cole will release his new album “Guesswork” on July 26th, 2019, via earMusi. 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 in Dusseldorf.

1. The Over Under
2. Night Sweats
3. Violins
4. Remains
5. The Afterlife
6. Moments and Whatnot
7. When I Came Down from the Mountain
8. The Loudness Wars

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.

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?”...

The portrait of Lloyd that graces the cover of “Guesswork” is by Glasgow Art School graduate and former singer of The Big Dish, Steven Lindsay.

Lloyd Cole will tour the UK and Ireland in October. Neil Clark will accompany him. The full list of dates is below.
UK & Ireland Tour Dates 2019:
Oct 5  EWCASTLE Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Oct 7  KILMARNOCK Palace Theatre
Oct 8  ABERDEEN Tivoli Theatre
Oct 10  DUNDEE The Gardyne Theatre
Oct 11  HAMILTON  Townhouse
Oct 12  EDINBURGH Queens Hall
Oct 14  LIVERPOOL The Philharmonic Hall
Oct 15  LEEDS Town Hall
Oct 16  BUXTON Opera House
Oct 18  BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
Oct 19  GUILDFORD G Live
Oct 20  SALISBURY  City Hall
Oct 21  NORTHAMPTON Derngate Theatre
Oct 23  BASINGSTOKE The Anvil & The Forge
Oct 24  LONDON Union Chapel
Oct 25  LONDON Union Chapel
Oct 29  KILKENNY The Set Theatre
Oct 30  DUBLIN Vicar Street
Nov 1  CORK Live At St Lukes
Nov 1  LIMERICK Dolans Warehouse
Nov 1  GALWAY Roisin Dubh
Nov 1  BELFAST The Belfast Empire Music Hall

Tickets are available here.
Lloyd Cole has released 14 studio albums including three with The Commotions [“Rattlesnakes” (84), “Easy Pieces” (85), “Mainstream” (87)] nine solo albums [“Lloyd Cole” (90), “Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe” (’91), “Bad Vibes” (93), “Love Story” (95), “Plastic Wood” (01), “Music In A Foreign Language” (03), “Anti Depressant” (‘06), “Broken Record” (10), “Standards” (13)], one with The Negatives [“The Negatives” (2000)] and one with Hans Joachim Roedelius  [“Selected Studies Vol. 1” (13)].