Robyn Hitchcock Announces New Album, Gets Interviewed by Fourth Graders

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.03.14 in News

Robyn Hitchock has revealed some of the details behind The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc), a new album featuring a mix of fresh solo material and covers that cut across the cult (I Was a King, Grant-Lee Phillips) and mainstream (The Doors, Roxy Music, The Psychedelic Furs) side of the songwriting spectrum. According to a press release, the idea came from veteran producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention), who suggested channeling “a Judy Collins album” from the ’60s.

“I’ve always wanted to make a folk record produced by Joe Boyd,” Hitchcock explained in a statement, “and now I have: thank you, universe!”

The psych-folk singer recruited a tight-knit crew for the week-long session, including cellist Jenny Adejayan, pianist Charlie Francis and backup singer Anne Lise Frøkedal. He’ll perform warm-up shows for a more extensive North American tour on June 20 at Santa Monica’s McCabe’s Guitar Shop and June 23 at Seattle’s Columbia City Theater. In the meantime, you can check out Gillian Welch’s cover art for the August 26 release below, along with an interview conducted by fourth graders. No, really. Oh, and we also shared “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robyn Hitchcock” here in case you’re new to the former Soft Boys frontman…


Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc, August 26):
1. The Ghost In You
2. San Francisco Patrol
3. To Turn You On
4. Trouble In Your Blood
5. Somebody To Break Your Heart
6. Don’t Look Down
7. Ferries
8. Comme Toujours
9. The Crystal Ship
10. Recalling The Truth