Veteran rock artist Bob Mould will return this year with a trio of albums intended to mark a new direction for the ex-Husker Du/Sugar frontman. The artist has not released a new album since 1998's "Th

Veteran rock artist Bob Mould will return this year with a trio of albums intended to mark a new direction for the ex-Husker Du/Sugar frontman. The artist has not released a new album since 1998's "The Last Dog and Pony Show" (Rykodisc), which reached No. 11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

First up is "Modulate," a half-guitar-based, half-electronic album due March 12 from Mould's own Granary Music imprint, with distribution by New York-based RED. The company will also be handling distribution for "Long Playing Grooves" and "Body of Song," two follow-ups Mould plans to release later this year. "Long Playing Grooves" will focus almost entirely on electronic, loop-based compositions, while "Body of Song" should be more in the vein of Mould's previous acoustic guitar-led work.

The "Modulate" track "Trade" is thought to be a revisiting of an unreleased, Mould-penned Husker Du song the group played live during its last tour. It was tentatively recorded for Mould's first solo album, 1988's "Workbook" (Virgin), but never made it to the finished version.

Since disbanding Sugar in 1995, Mould has released two albums and toured sporadically. He also declared "The Last Dog and Pony Show" would be his final take on the heavy guitar rock he had made his trademark since the early days of his Husker Du.

Mould, who is expected to tour this spring, also plans to make a new live album available for purchase at his shows. The set will document a 1998 London concert on "The Last Dog and Pony Show" tour which was recorded by the BBC.

Here is the track listing for "Modulate":

"180 Rain"
"Sunset Safety Glass"
"Semper Fi"
"Homecoming Parade"
"Lost Zoloft"
"Without"
"Slay/Sway"
"The Receipt"
"Quasar"
"Sound on Sound"
"Hornery"
"Come on Strong"
"Trade"
"Author's Lament"