Is the Earth still spinning? Check. Is Robert Pollard’s heart still beating? Check. Then you can be sure a new batch of brilliantly demented lo-fi pop tracks is forthcoming. The Guided By Voices frontman is about to release another project with Ricked Wicky, his latest rock ‘n’ roll ensemble. Swimmer To A Liquid Armchair is out in less than a month, and “Poor Substitute” heralds its arrival. The self-deprecating track finds Pollard at his most straightforward, loudly but solemnly spinning lyrics like “Try me a beast of burden/ I’ll be more than qualified” over a power chord bash that will barrel you down. “I know I’m a poor substitute” goes the chorus, but this song is our latest reminder that there’s only one Robert Pollard. Listen below.
01 “What Are All Those Paint Men Digging”
02 “Crystal Titanic”
03 “Poor Substitute”
04 “Blind Side”
05 “A Number I Can Trust”
06 “Simple Simon Paper Plates”
07 “Red Legged Pygmalion”
08 “No Man Would Develop”
09 “Plastic Oceanic Getaway”
10 “The Box (Including The Curse)”
11 “Could I See The List One More Time”
12 “I Am A Coast Guard”
Swimmer To A Liquid Armchair is out 9/25 on GBV, Inc. Pre-order it here.