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Robert Pollard Channels Country in 'I Killed a Man Who Looks Like You'

Guided By Voices leader to release new album 'Honey Locust Honky Tonk' in July

May 7, 2013 10:00 AM ET
Robert Pollard, 'Honey Locust Honky Tonk'
Robert Pollard, 'Honey Locust Honky Tonk'
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Robert Pollard is back, and this time, the prolific Guided By Voices leader evokes the spirit of Western music on his new album, Honey Locust Honky Tonk. On "I Killed a Man Who Looks Like You," Pollard shapes a somber tale of a ghost singing to himself in the mirror with shimmering, deliberate guitar strums and country's storytelling power.

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"Honey Locust Honky Tonk is supposed to be a mock country album even though it's not country, although it is a little more straightforward than albums I typically make," Pollard tells Rolling Stone. "I was going to use a pseudonym – Cash Rivers."

Honey Locust Honky Tonk will be out July 1st worldwide and July 9th in North America.

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