From new album ‘Empty Horses’ out 18th September
Video shot by Ferris Hennig in Leland, Michigan and edited by Tobin’s son Turner Sprout.
“‘Every Sweet Soul’ is about dealing with separation. Growing up, leaving home and learning to live on your own. How an exciting new world can be lonely at times, and the emptiness of having the kids gone. ‘Empty rooms may try to break you’. It’s something you know is good for everyone and should happen, but it takes some time to move on.” Tobin Sprout
“Sprout’s lyrics pop with personality and wisdom” Pitchfork
“The perfect aural encapsulation of melancholy: in turns somnambulant, romantic and all-consuming” Rolling Stone
▪ Limited-edition CD artbook and vinyl LP
▪ Available with extremely limited edition of hand numbered prints
▪ A true collector’s piece, the CD artbook is beautifully packaged with 24 pages of paintings and lyrics from Tobin
Artist, illustrator, writer and lo-fi innovator, Tobin Sprout was the super-productive partner of Robert Pollard in the legendary Guided By Voices. The gifted songwriter returns with a pensive, expansive part autobiographical new album ‘Empty Horses’.
The album is a meticulously observed study of America and Americana (not the music, but the state of mind). An alternative American Songbook, if you will, a collection of laments to simpler times and the struggle for what’s right, peppered with an examination of faith and the search for a sense of justice. And, as it unravels these gritty anecdotes span the generations from the dividing and the American Civil War through to today’s confusing times.
He’s part Townes Van Zandt, part John Prine, part Robbie Robertson at his retrospective best; his heart beats super-slow on his sleeve – he’s in the cabin at Big Pink, a raconteur on a mission to reminisce; telling stories as only he can.
Close up and personal, ‘Empty Horses’ is a poignant carefully etched experience, a rolling journey in modern times, nodding back to tradition, a personal snapshot filled with honesty.