Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus has announced a new solo album called Traditional Techniques, and as part of the announcement he’s released the album’s lead track, “Xian Man.”
The album came about while he was recording his 2018 album with Jicks and Sparkle Hard at Portland’s Halfing Studio. The idea for the solo album was created in a matter of weeks, turning into a full set of songs, with a press release calling it a “fully committed album.”
“Malkmus drew from a whole new musical palette” including a variety of Afghani instruments,” the release explained. “The album’s 10 tracks are centred around his 12-string acoustic guitar. Malkmus has Matt Sweeney playing guitar throughout, along with The Decemberists’ Chris Funk assisting with the arrangements.
Listen to Stephen Malkmus’ lead track “Xian Man” below.
Traditional Techniques will be out in March.