The 3rdEyeGirl band featured on the album began working together in December, 2012, indicating a large portion of the album was recorded in 2013 and first part of 2014.
The title track, Plectrumelectrum, was first streamed in March, 2013, as a rehearsal video. In April, 2013, blogger Dr. Funkenberry relayed a news update “from Paisley Park” that a Live Out Loud Tour launch party would feature music from an album tentatively-titled Plectrum Electrum. Over time the title has been written with and without the space between words.
Initial information suggested that Prince did not appear on lead vocals for most of the album, and that the album would be released by 3rdEyeGirl alone, but over time it appears that many tracks have been added to as well as removed from the album, with the album finally being announced as a “Prince and 3rdEyeGirl” project.