Despite numerous tour dates and side projects (especially for in-demand free-jazz guitarist Nels Cline), Wilco have nonetheless managed to carve out studio time and are nearly finished recording a new album, Spin reports.
Tentatively titled Get Well Soon Everybody and with a planned September release, the album is the first for the band’s own label dBpm Records. Their contract with Warner imprint Nonesuch, which signed Wilco based on the strength of the yet-to-be-released Yankee Hotel Foxtrot after Warner imprint Reprise released the band from their contract after refusing to release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, expired in 2010, and the band is unsurprisingly eager to run their own business.
The twenty tracks that the band has recorded still require overdubs, but frontman Jeff Tweedy tells Spin that the songs generally split into two categories: experimental rock and “cinematic-sounding country music.” Get Well Soon Everybody might lean more one way than another, or it might combine both styles?possibly even as a double album.
The only thing the band is sure of is that the song “I Might” will definitely be included. They are preparing a 7″ release of the song as the album’s lead single, which will be available at the band’s Solid Sound Festival June 24-26 (again at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA) before being released to record stores in July. The b-side will be a cover of Nick Lowe‘s “I Love My Label”?a fitting commentary from a band who, after notoriously butting heads with the majors, is now happy to be going it alone.
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