The Universe and Me takes a deliberately primitive approach that focuses on feeling, as opposed to production. The result is a vague bridge between the ballads of psych-era Beatles, and the haunting vulnerability of Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You?. It’s no surprise, then, that Sprout-penned and illustrated his own magical children’s books as The Universe and Me play like a deceptively dense reimagining of simple subjects like comic books, finding your purpose in life, and growing old.
The Universe and Me will be available on Burger Records on January 27th, with a limited pressing of a baby blue vinyl for the first 300 copies. Following the release, Sprout, and his new band will embark on a nationwide tour. This will be his first tour in over a decade, supported by Burger Records, who’ll be reissuing Sprout’s mid-'90s Matador albums — Carnival Boy and Moonflower Plastic — in the months ahead.Get social with Tobin Sprout