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LLOYD COLE GUESSWORK NEW ALBUM to be released on July 26th
Lloyd Cole06/03/2019

Lloyd Cole will release his new album ‘Guesswork’ on 26th July ’19 on the earMUSIC label.  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.

Lloyd Cole Guesswork

The full tracklisting of ‘Guesswork’ is

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.

“I might just stop breathing

I might just stop keeping time

With the violins

Or I might come out swinging

And what if I sang out of key

With the violins?”


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:


5    NEWCASTLE Tyne Theatre & Opera House

7    KILMARNOCK Palace Theatre

8    ABERDEEN Tivoli Theatre

10  DUNDEE The Gardyne Theatre

11  HAMILTON  Townhouse

12  EDINBURGH Queens Hall

14  LIVERPOOL The Philharmonic Hall

15  LEEDS Town Hall

16  BUXTON Opera House

18  BIRMINGHAM Town Hall


20  SALISBURY  City Hall

21  NORTHAMPTON Derngate Theatre

23  BASINGSTOKE The Anvil & The Forge

24  LONDON Union Chapel

25  LONDON Union Chapel

29  KILKENNY The Set Theatre

30  DUBLIN Vicar Street


1   CORK Live At St Lukes

2   LIMERICK Dolans Warehouse

3   GALWAY Roisin Dubh

4   BELFAST The Belfast Empire Music Hall

Tickets go on sale at 10am today from http://www.lloydcole.com/live/

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)].


The album will be available on CD, LP and digital

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