Starting off the year with a 100-song marathon in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, Robert Pollard is setting a mighty high bar for Guided By Voices in 2020. Following three acclaimed and stylistically distinct full-length albums in 2019, Surrender Your Poppy Field, is a head-spinning tour de force: a bit of everything… plus more!
There are lo-fi four-track tape recordings, there are songs recorded with a single microphone in a basement, there are big studio, fully produced hook-laden pop songs, and there is a lot in between.
Not content with their usual mastery of the 4 P’s (punk, pop, prog, psych), Professor Pollard pushes the envelope on Poppy Field, and continues to redefine GBV from a myriad of angles. Anyone who thinks that he’s gotten complacent after 104 albums hasn’t been paying attention!