When bloggers describe Andre Cymone’s new album as long-awaited, we really mean it—his fans have literally been waiting 29 years for a follow-up to Cymone’s last album, A.C.
As the first bass player in Prince’s touring band and one of the many artists to emerge out of the Minneapolis Sound explosion, Cymone rose to notoriety with a quick succession of solo R&B albums in the early ’80s that peaked with 1985’s A.C. and the Prince-penned hit “The Dance Electric.” His solo work tapered off after that while Cymone kept busy producing albums out in Los Angeles for the likes of Jody Watley, Adam Ant, Tom Jones, and Tina Turner.
Now, after diving head-first back into the songwriting and recording process and rounding up a batch of high-profile studio musicians to flesh out his new work, Cymone is back. His new record, The Stone, is coming out this Tuesday, February 18, and he shipped over a new single, “Radio,” for us to check out today:
Whereas Cymone’s earlier material was steeped in the funk beats, synths, and drum machines of the early ’80s, “Radio” is pure guitar-driven pop. It’s obvious that the time he’s spent living in L.A. has influenced his work; while traces of the Minneapolis Sound are still evident, so are elements of ’60s psych-pop and contemporary indie rock.
“It’s a very, very fun record,” Cymone says. “We did it all live, straight to tape. So it’s not a bunch of studio tricks; it’s just musicians playing live.”
Cymone is planning a full tour in support of the new album, including a return to his hometown of Minneapolis. He’ll perform at the 7th St. Entry on Sunday, March 16, with tickets on sale February 14 at noon.