Following the release of 2019’s Groove Denied, Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus has revealed that he’s working on a “folkie” new record called Traditional Techniques.
In the 2020 Preview issue of Uncut, Malkmus reveals that the new record was made with The Decemberists’ Chris Funk and Matt Sweeney, and one track features Spooner Oldham. Traditional Techniques also features “these dudes who play free-flowing Afghan stoner improves. We used them on four songs, because we wanted some balance,” Malkmus reveals.
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“There are 10 songs and it’s mostly performed live,” Malkmus explains. “We’re messing with these kind of boomery, ’60s tropes – all acoustic guitars, almost all dudes with moustaches. Sometimes the lyrics play off Summer-of-69 hippy imagery, but at other times the songs are very current and also use the same protest signal in a modern way, with updated imagery. There are also parts that are pure sound, with a stoner feel.”
The record is set for release in March, according to Uncut.