Robyn Hitchcock, of the ’70s psych-pop band the Soft Boys, will release his 21st album this year at the age of 63. He described the self-titled LP as “an ecstatic work of negativity” to NPR, and provided a statement about its lead single “I Want To Tell You About What I Want”:
The original title of the song was “My Vision Of World Empathy.” Either we will eventually become extinct and be replaced by cats with articulated thumbs who have evolved the way apes slowly evolved into us, or we will become empathic and mildly telepathic — people like Donald Trump won’t happen because biologically no human will be born with that lack of empathy. We will become a species that isn’t capable of bullying because we can feel what we’re doing to other people. There is obviously some evolutionary step between the human and the angel that needs to take place. Maybe when we have enough suffering credits, our DNA will go, “Right! Here we go! Homo angelicus — it can read your mind, it’s compassionate, it can levitate and it’s a great lover! It shares its fish sticks with you and flies you back in time to see The Velvet Underground!” That is what we need to become.
Hitchcock’s sense of humor shines through the darkness. Listen to “I Want To Tell You About What I Want” and check out the album’s tracklist below.
Robyn Hitchcock tracklist:
01 “I Want To Tell You About What I Want”
02 “Virginia Woolf”
03 “I Pray When I’m Drunk”
04 “Mad Shelley’s Letterbox”
05 “Sayonara Judge”
06 “Detective Mindhorn”
07 “1970 In Aspic”
08 “Raymond And The Wires”
09 “Autumn Sunglasses”
10 “Time Coast”
Robyn Hitchcock 4/21 via Yep Roc.