Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tweedy - "Sukierae"

Recording under the moniker of Tweedy, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco along with his son, Spencer have just released their debut album, Sukierae via Wilco’s dBpm Records imprint.  Originally planned as a solo album for Jeff, Spencer helped from the beginning to shape the 20 tracks that make up the album with his creative and cagey jazz-inspired rhythms that push Jeff in new and exciting directions.

Opening track “Please Don’t Let Me Be So Understood”, the stuttering “Diamond Light, Pt. 1” and the psychedelic, classic rock-like “World Away” with its Led Zeppelin-esque stomp highlight what Spencer’s drumming brings to the table.  Elsewhere, Jeff’s trademark power-pop leaning roots rock sound is intact on many of the songs including the laid-back and loping “Summer Noon” and the shuffling “Wait For Love” with its whistling solo and sincere sentiment.  Many of the songs touch on Jeff’s wife Linda’s battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma; the album’s title is her nickname.   

Though the album is pretty much stripped-down, Jeff and Spencer are joined by guests Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five, REM) who provided keyboards and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius who lent their gorgeous close-knit harmonies to several of the tracks including the delirious standout, “I’ll Sing It” and the subtly sunny 60’s folk-pop tune “Low Key”.

With the solid Sukierae, Tweedy turns his solo project into a family affair and the result is much better than expected. 

Stream “Diamond Light, Pt.1” here:

For more info: www.wilcoworld.net


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