Robyn Hitchcock has departed from the Soft Boys again, exiting for the second time from the seminal alt-pop outfit he co-founded. The group, which reunited for the 2002 Matador studio album "Nextdoorl

Robyn Hitchcock has departed from the Soft Boys again, exiting for the second time from the seminal alt-pop outfit he co-founded. The group, which reunited for the 2002 Matador studio album "Nextdoorland," first parted ways after 1980's influential "Underwater Moonlight" (Armageddon).

"The pressure of being in the band and managing it got too much for me, and the bulk of the reunion project was complete anyway," Hitchcock said in a statement. "Anyway, I didn't have the energy or enthusiasm to do the summer dates we'd been offered."

The Soft Boys initially regrouped in March 2001 for a month-long tour of North America in support of Matador's expanded reissue of "Underwater Moonlight." The group's original members -- guitarist/vocalist Hitchcock, guitarist Kimberly Rew, bassist Matthew Seligman, and drummer Morris Windsor -- then went on to craft "Nextdoorland," its first album in 20 years.

Hitchcock has plans to release "Luxor," a collection of unplugged material, later this year, but further details have yet to surface. The artist has two solo acoustic gigs on tap May 8-9 in Paris.