Tobin Sprout was the Scottie Pippen to Bob Pollard’s Michael Jordan in the mid-’90s iteration of Guided By Voices, contributing some of the finest songs to the band’s most revered albums. Now that GBV’s “classic” lineup has dispersed once again after spending the early part of this decade reunited, Sprout is back with his sixth solo album, The Universe And Me, a look at the mind of a young boy in the tumultuous transition to manhood.
The project was a seven-year labor of love, with Sprout digging up old childhood memories and long-lost demos while writing songs behind a piano in his Michigan home studio. Some of those older tracks made their way to the album, including electric psych-pop gem “Future Boy Today/Man Of Tomorrow,” a typically soaring Sprout composition that was originally intended for GBV. Hear it below, where you can also find a tracklist and release info.
01 “Future Boy Today/Man Of Tomorrow”
02 “The Universe And Me”
03 “A Walk Across The Human Bridge”
04 “Manifest Street”
05 “Honor Guard”
06 “When I Was A Boy”
07 “Cowboy Curtains”
08 “Heavenly Bones”
09 “Heart Of Wax”
10 “I Fall You Fall”
11 “Tomorrow From Heaven”
12 “Just One Kid (Takes On The World)”
13 “To Wake Up June”
14 “Future Boy (Reprise)”
The Universe And Me is out 2/3 on Burger. Pre-order it here. Burger will also be reissuing Sprout’s ’90s solo albums for Matador, Carnival Boy and Moonflower Plastic.