"There's even a little bit of Bon Iver influence, but I couldn't tell you where," Rundgren says of "State," out April 9.
After hearing younger acts sing his praises and cite his influence and having others (Tame Impala, Lindstrom) ask him to do remixes, Todd Rundgren says he "suddenly felt this obligation to get more educated on what's happening on the fringes of music and make a more sincere attempt to kind of re-adopt the process I had a lot to do with founding."
That, in turn, led to Rundgren's new album, "State," a characteristically one-man-band project that incorporates contemporary electronic and industrial elements throughout its 10 tracks.
"I thought, 'Geez, am I missing out on my own revival here? I better start studying up on what's going on and maybe re-claim some of that kind of experimental, very personal kind of music-making,' " Rundgren tells Billboard. "There's a younger generation of artists, some of whom cite my earlier records as influences on them, who are using the studio or elements of the recording process as creative elements in themselves now, and what you're coming up with ultimately depends less on the usual kind of inter-musician collaboration and are more about a kind of aggressive discovery of possibilities within a more limited scope. The whole thing has just been returned to the artist, and that was my intent way back when I built my first studio and started making my first crazy records."