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Merge Signs GBV’s Robert Pollard

Former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard has signed a new deal with Merge Records, which will on Jan. 26 issue a double-disc album, “From a Compound Eye.” Pollard will continue to release projects on his own Fading Captain imprint but that future solo releases under his name will go through Merge. Pollard previously said that “From a Compound Eye” has “all four P’s: pop, punk, prog and psychedelic.” The 26-track project was recorded at frequent GBV outpost Waterloo Sound in Kent, Ohio. Although the itinerary is not yet finalized, Pollard will mount his first post-GBV tour around the release of “From a Compound Eye” with a band of notable musicians to be determined. Sources also say the artist has Fading Captain projects with three different groups in the works for 2006.