NEW YORK (Billboard) - Lloyd Cole will enter the studio March 8 to record his new album -- with a little financing help from his fans.
The former leader of ‘80s British pop band the Commotions used his Web site and e-mail list to encourage pre-purchase of the follow-up to 2006’s “Antidepressant,” an approach that he says has raised a significant amount of the funding he needs to record it. “I‘m looking to raise $60,000, which these days is a lot of money, but it’s looking like I‘m going to get at least 80 percent of it,” Cole says. “Even though I haven’t got everything we were looking for, it’s enough to start making the record.”
Cole, who resides with his wife and two sons in Northampton, Mass., has opted to return to New York to record in “a proper studio” with outside producers. “My last two records have very much been solo records -- me in a room for 90 percent of them,” he says. “I want to make an old-school record working with musicians I like in a room, with songs I’ve just written, probably recording to tape.”
He’ll be joined in the studio by multi-instrumentalist Mark Schwaber, who’s part of Cole’s current Small Ensemble acoustic touring outfit, and drummer Fred Marr, who produced some of Cole’s early solo recordings. It’s likely that Commotions guitarist Neil Clark will also play some role on the album.
“It is going to be very diverse in sound,” Cole says. “There’s going to be some loud songs but also some quiet songs -- at least two or three done in the Small Ensemble style.”