A Sneak Preview of Wilco’s New Album

Last weekend Wilco took over Mass MoCA for the second annual Solid Sound Festival (Photo by Mike Wren)

Wilco’s new record The Whole Love will be released on September 27th. It is the first album on the band’s own label dBpm Records (shorthand for decibels per minute). The new label will handle “all future Wilco recordings and more,” in association with ANTI- Records, which will aid in distribution and marketing.

“This is an idea we’ve discussed for years,” frontman Jeff Tweedy said in an issued statement. “We really like doing things ourselves, so having our own label feels pretty natural to me. And, to be working with ANTI- a label that has its roots in a label that was started by a punk rock guy to sell his own records seems like a perfect fit for us.”

Last month Jeff Tweedy shared some of the album with Rolling Stone: “The album includes a seven-minute track, ‘Art of Almost,’ which starts with shadowy electronics, gently turns into a haunted vocal section, then sprints into a Krautrock-style blowout. There are also two country-flavored songs, the spectral ballad ‘Black Moon’ and the jauntier ‘Whole Love.’ ‘There are two strong threads of material,’ Tweedy says, ‘one being a little weirder – snot-nosed obnoxious pop songs – and the other more languid, atmospheric-country music’…But the arrangements are the product ‘of six guys being pretty remarkable at communicating without talking and having a lot of trust in each other.'”

Last weekend at the Solid Sound Festival, a 3-day music and arts festival curated by Wilco at Mass MoCA, the band made the first single from the new album available on vinyl. “I Might” is a real foot-stomper fueled by growling guitars, a catchy organ hook, and bright, buoyant percussion. The b-side of the record is a cover version of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label.” It’s a fitting tribute to Wico’s new business endeavor, particularly for a band that has had so much drama with music labels in the past.

The new single “I Might” won’t be officially released until July 19th, but you can preview the song right here, along with the b-side track “I Love My Label.”

To pre-order the new album and check out Wilco’s fall tour dates (with legendary singer-songwriter Nick Lowe), please visit Wilco’s website.

Wilco – I Might by ListenBeforeYouBuy


Wilco – I Love My Label by The Line Of Best Fit

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