Robyn Hitchcock this spring will release the 3-years-in-the-making Propellor Time, an album recorded with current back-up band The Venus 3 — R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Young Fresh Fellows’ Scott McCaughey and ex-Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin — and featuring guest turns by the likes of The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Nick Lowe and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
Due out March 22 on Sartorial Records, Propellor Time was recorded in six days during the summer of 2006 with the same Venus 3 lineup featured on that year’s Olé! Tarantula, according to a release announcing the new album. Those sessions, in fact, were featured in John Edginton’s documentary “Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death… and Insects.”
Hitchcock is quoted: “We wanted to create a sprawling record like The Basement Tapes: so we sprawled for a week and then spent three years editing it.” A tracklist hasn’t yet been released, but Buck is credited with co-writing the title track with Hitchcock, and Marr co-wrote a song titled “Ordinary Millionaire.” In addition to Lowe and Jones, Morris Windsor, a former member of The Soft Boys and The Egyptians, lends a hand.
In other Hitchcock news, the musician has launched a redesigned website that includes a new “Phantom 45” feature in which he offers a free digital single in exchange for an e-mail address. Currently, fans can download a pair of tunes: the solo-acoustic “To Be Human” and the full-band “Belly Full of Arms and Legs,” the latter of which will be featured in the forthcoming film “Elektra Luxx.”
See the album artwork for Robyn Hitchcok’s ‘Propellor Time’ after the jump…
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