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Tobin Sprout

Empty Horses

fire records

lp + download

Released: 18th Sep 2020


limited "bookback" cd with exclusive artworks & paintings

Released: 18th Sep 2020


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’. Here he’s part Townes Van Zandt, part John Prine, part Robbie Robertson at his retrospective best. 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. 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. “The perfect aural encapsulation of melancholy: in turns somnambulant, romantic and all-consuming” Rolling Stone “Raw, honest and often revelatory” Consequence Of Sound

Empty Horses


  1. Wings Prelude
  2. The Return
  3. Breaking Down
  4. On Golden Rivers
  5. The Man I Used to Know
  6. Every Sweet Soul
  7. Empty Horses
  8. Antietam
  9. All In My Sleep
  10. No Shame