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Robyn Hitchcock Sets October Release For New Album 'Shufflemania!', Shares The Shuffle Man

Thursday, 21 July 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Emma Swift

Robyn Hitchcock has announced his first album in five years.

'Shufflemania!' will arrive through Tiny Ghost Records on October 21, and is previewed by the first single, The Shuffle Man, an erratic rock collaboration with musician, producer and artist Brendan Benson. Hitchcock said:

"The Shuffle Man is the imp of change, the agent of fortune. He throws the cards up in the air and leaves you to deal with where they fall. He is the exhilaration of chaos – with fast hands and a stovepipe hat."

Recorded in locations around the world over the COVID-19 pandemic era, the 10-song release follows up his 2017 self-titled LP.  He added:

"To me, most songs are about themselves and how they make you feel. What triggers them is mysterious. The songs on this record are a series of sub-personalities, fertilized by chance. You might even say they were cards, dealt to me by The Shuffle Man.

"Listening back now, to me 'Shufflemania!' is a party record, direct from my unconscious to you. Even if you’re a party of one – have fun with it!"

Hitchcock will tour the UK and Europe this autumn. He also has a show at London's Alexandra Palace Theatre in the diary for February 23.

'Shufflemania!' tracklist:

1. The Shuffle Man
2. The Inner Life of Scorpio
3. The Feathery Serpent God
4. Midnight Tram To Nowhere
5. Socrates In Thin Air
6. Noirer Than Noir
7. The Man Who Loves The Rain
8. The Sir Tommy Shovel
​9. The Raging Muse
10. One Day (It’s Being Scheduled)

Robyn Hitchcock Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue September 20 2022 - HATFIELD Hertford Corn Exchange
Wed September 21 2022 - READING South Street Arts Centre
Fri September 23 2022 - NORWICH Norwich Puppet Theatre
Sat February 25 2023 - LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre
Wed March 01 2023 - GLASGOW Mono - Kings Court

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