Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard will release his sophomore solo album, Moonlander, on Tuesday June 25 in digital and limited edition vinyl formats via Monkeywrench Records.

The debut track from Moonlander, “I Need Something Different”, is available for free download beginning today at Each Tuesday for the next 10 weeks, a stream of a new album track and corresponding piece of original artwork will be revealed on the site.

“Songs from the album were recorded between 2003-2011,” explains Gossard. “Over the last year, I went through all of my old demos and recordings that weren’t used as Pearl Jam or Brad songs and picked my favorites. With the help of Floyd Reitsma (engineer), Pete Droge (Executive Producer), and Hans Teuber (multi-instrumentalist) I went about trying to finish them. This included lots of re-singing tracks, fleshing out and re-editing, adding new instruments…”

Moonlander consists of 11 original songs written and performed by Gossard as well as 11 accompanying pieces of artwork.

“My daughter loves to paint and draw and when she would, I would as well,” says Gossard. “I hope the pieces convey a sense of freedom from formal rules and of playfulness that comes from hanging with your lovely 5-year old.”

Moonlander Tracklisting:

  1. I Need Something Different
  2. Moon Landing
  3. Both Live
  4. Your Flames
  5. Battle Cry
  6. King of the Junkies
  7. Remain
  8. I Don’t Want To Go To Bed
  9. Bombs Away
  10. Witch Doctor
  11. Beyond Measure

Moonlander features appearances from Gossard’s fellow musicians including Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Matt Chamberlain, Regan Hagar (Brad, Malfunkshun, Satchel), Pete Droge, Brandon Harper, Gregg Keplinger, Keith Lowe, Barbara Ireland (The Fags) and Hans Teuber.

Moonlander EPs In addition to the full-length album, Gossard will release two four-song EPs on iTunes. Apollo, comprised of the album’s first four tracks, will be available on Tuesday, May 7th and “Luna”, the subsequent four tracks from Moonlander, on Tuesday, June 4th.

Stone Gossard Solo: Moonlander is the follow up full-length album to Gossard’s 2001 debut solo release, Bayleaf. A founding member of Pearl Jam, Gossard has had a successful music career spanning two decades, during which he has been a part of numerous collaborations including Brad, Temple of the Dog, Mother Love Bone and early alternative pioneers Green River.

— Lee Callahan, JACK-FM Seattle


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