Wilco - Star Wars

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Star Wars is the ninth studio album by American alternative rock group Wilco, released in July 2015 via dBpm Records and Anti- Records.

Wilco, based in Chicago, was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released ten studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay, The Beatles and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album, but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop.

Star Wars, opens with "EKG," a 1:16 burst of skronky guitars that sounds like a few capable grad students imitating early Sonic Youth after a few beers, and if it seems like a goofy way to kick off the record, that's a big part of the album's charm.

Wilco released Star Wars as a free download on July 16, 2015 with no advance notice (a day later, the band announced that the physical release would hit stores on August 21), and the element of surprise fits the playful, casual nature of the album.

Star Wars recalls Wilco’s early "hey, what the hell" freedom. It's a concise, catchy, naturally songful album - the sound of a band reconnecting with the fun of rocking out together in a room. Everything about Star Wars betrays ease and immediacy.

Wilco have gotten back in touch with their own strengths too - especially the ability to match instantly familiar melodies with beautifully jarring noise. "The Joke Explained" is a cute folk-rock ditty made full-on awesome by peals of searing Sonic Youth-style drone poetry. And then there's "You Satellite", the incandescent jam that serves as the album's elusive centerpiece. It's a seething yet warm meditation on clinging to faint light in dark times, with what sounds like a battalion of guitars roiling against drummer Glenn Kotche's avant-jazz tumble. Only Wilco could make something this eruptive feel so comfy, like a steel-wool security blanket.

The music's urgent, live-in-the-studio feel pairs well with Tweedy's lyrics, which seem more direct and compact than they have in a while. He's working his usual themes - doubt, devotion, everyday fears and resigned hopes - without any of the literary obscurity that sometimes creeps into his writing. "I was only after a friend to follow through," he sings on the lovely "Taste The Ceiling", sounding like John Lennon in a moment of hard-fought grace.

In the album's most carefree moments, of which there are many, he sounds at home in himself - never an easy move for one of rock's top chroniclers of midlife man-malaise. "I belong to the stars in the sky," he sings on "Random Name Generator", making a blues boast out of spacey poesy and totally pulling it off. Give it up for the man. He's got the Force by the spaceballs.

Check out the tracks: “Random Name Generator”; “More”; “The Joke Explained” and “Taste The Ceiling.

This Indie Retail Stores Exclusive Limited Edition LP on White 180 Gram Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve, with Printed Inner Sleeve, 4 Page Booklet, Digital Download Code + Bonus Pitchfork Festival Live Set is pressed in the USA.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

EKG

1:15

A2

More…

2:44

A3

Random Name Generator

3:49

A4

The Joke Explained

2:33

A5

You Satellite

5:16

B1

Taste The Ceiling

3:15

B2

Pickled Ginger

2:29

B3

Where Do I Begin

2:54

B4

Cold Slope

3:11

B5

King Of You

2:41

B6

Magnetized

3:40

 

Bonus Material:  Wilco Live At The Pitchfork Music Festival

Free download comes with the purchase of Star Wars on vinyl.
Recorded live at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago 17 July 2015

 

1

More

2:54

2

Random Name Generator

4:12

3

The Joke Explained

2:37

4

You Satellite

6:03

5

Taste The Ceiling

3:42

6

Pickled Ginger

2:44

7

Where Do I Begin

3:01

8

Cold Slope

3:07

9

King Of You

2:33

10

Magnetized

4:02

11

Handshake Drugs

6:00

12

Camera

3:23

13

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

6:04

14

Art Of Almost

7:23

15

Via Chicago

5:58

16

Impossible Germany

7:21

17

Red Eyed And Blue

2:20

18          

I Got You (At The End Of The Century)                                             

3:56

19

Outtasite (Outta Mind)

3:15

20

Heavy Metal Drummer

3:02

21

The Man Who Loves You

4:44

SKU 045778743896
Record Label Anti- Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 87438-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 13 October 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 16 July 2015
Barcode # 045778743896
Shipping Weight 0.4000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, White 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve, 4 Page Booklet, Digital Download Card + Bonus Pitchfork Festival Live Set, Indie Retail Exclusive
Vinyl Colour White
Genre Indie / Alternative
Genre Alternative Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Space Rock
Format VINYL LP

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