As Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, a surreptitious blog post on R.E.M.’s website revealed the news. Buck says the album started taking shape when he was laid out with a “semi-crippling injury” and couldn’t play guitar, passing the time by writing lyrics. Vocal support comes from R.E.M. bandmate Mike Millis, friend/collaborator Scott McCaughey, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee, Lenny Kaye, and Bill Rieflin.
“So why is it a solo record?” Buck says in the blog post. “I wrote 95% of the lyrics and most of the music, it is the first thing i have ever been involved in where I was actually in charge and the record turned out to be kind of like a trip through my mind, all of the kinds of music I love, played with some of my favorite musicians, in a completely one take spontaneous atmosphere.” [sic]
The album will initially be limited to just 2,000 vinyl pressings. As for a tour behind the record, Buck says it’s possible, but that “this is not a career, it is something I am doing for fun.”