catalogue

POLLARD, ROBERT

MOUSEMAN CLOUD (FIRE RECORDS)

POLLARD, ROBERT - MOUSEMAN CLOUD 53473
format:
1 LP
release:
16.03.2012
label:
FIRE RECORDS
item ID:
53473
barcode:
0809236125118
Robert Pollard's new solo album "Mouseman Cloud" shows the Guided By Voices frontman in a playful and spontaneous mood.

This is a record by a guy who just wants to rock, and not have to worry about how that rock will be received by anyone other than himself.

While the songs here are not a world away from anything you'll find on GBV's "Let's Go Eat The Factory", the emphasis on "Mouseman Cloud" is on wordplay rather than melody, on unkempt exploration rather than trad song structure.

A lot of the tracks sound as if they started as lyrics - even poetry - first, and were fit around the sounds, which is not an uncommon way for Pollard to work, but the album's gleeful verbosity could be interpreted as the work of a man who's maybe been feeling the pressure of expectations from (for instance) a Guided By Voices reunion and just wants to cut loose.

Recorded in collaboration with producer/multi-instrumentalist Todd Tobias, "Mouseman Cloud" is catchy, heavy, lovely, rocky, exuberant, complexly simple and freaking wonderful.

Not sweating the small stuff is not the same as taking no pains over the writing and recording - too often the two are conflated when discussing Pollard's prodigious output.

He takes pains. He edits. He cares deeply about each and every part of each and every song he records.

That he seems to do so frequently and effortlessly is not his fault. It's a unique and unparalleled talent.

"Mouseman Cloud" is the work of a consummate craftsman as well as a crazy genius, and proof that these two traits are not incompatible.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. OBVIOUS #1
  • 1.2. PICNIC DRUMS
  • 1.3. MOUSEMAN CLOUD
  • 1.4. DR. TIME
  • 1.5. LIZARD LADDER
  • 1.6. HUMAN ZOO
  • 1.7. BATS FLEW UP
  • 1.8. MOTHER'S MILK AND MAGNETS
  • 1.9. CONTINUE TO BREAK
  • 1.10. I WAS SILENCE
  • 1.11. SMACKS OF EUPHORIA
  • 1.12. SCIENCE MAGAZINE
  • 1.13. NO TOOLS
  • 1.14. ASPIRIN MOON
  • 1.15. HALF-STRAINED
  • 1.16. ZEN MOTHER HEN
  • 1.17. CHIEF METEOROLOGIST