Wilco return with Ode to Joy, out October 4, 2019 via dBpm Records. Ode to Joy comes three-plus years after the release of the “world-weary, wheezy – and wonderfully warm” (The Guardian) Schmilco, and encourages the act of finding joy in a dark political climate. The album presents a unique rhythm track and a minimalist instrumentation, with lyrics at once observant, hopeful, morbid, tolerant, and abstract. “Love is Everywhere (Beware),” the album’s extrospective lead single, is an upbeat, guitar-driven track that explores the dual joy and threat of a community focused on love. Jeff Tweedy discusses it below:

“There MUST be more love than hate. Right?! I’m not always positive we can be so sure. In any case, I’m starting to feel like being confident in that equation isn’t always the best motivation for me to be my best self – it can kind of let me off the hook a little bit when I think I should be striving to contribute more love outside of my comfortable sphere of family and friends.

So. . . I guess the song is sort of a warning to myself that YES, Love IS EVERYWHERE, but also BEWARE! I can’t let that feeling absolve me of my duty to create more.”

Following his two solo albums, WARM and WARMER, and memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), Tweedy gathered Wilco to The Loft in Chicago. While all six members of the band can be heard on every song, Tweedy and Glenn Kotche were the launching pad from which most of the songs on Ode to Joy materialized – Kotche’s percussion propels the music forward while Tweedy’s measured words flesh out the cleared paths.

As a result, the album is comprised of “really big, big folk songs, these monolithic, brutal structures that these delicate feelings are hung on,” as described by Tweedy. Across the entire album, drums pound and plod with a steady one–two pulse, meant to mimic the movement of marching—a powerful act utilized on both sides of the authoritarian wall. There’s also a sense of comfort that comes with the rhythmic marching sound.

Whether our joy is measured by sparks felt when clutching old sweaters to our chests, by the number of tiny digital hearts earned from a shared photograph, by a guitar solo or a drumbeat or a piece of cotton on a stick in your ear, or by something even greater, Wilco wants to sincerely remind us to wear that feeling loud and proud. This is Ode to Joy: pick it up, hold it tight.

Past Shows


Mar
10
th
2020
DECC – Symphony Hall
Mar
10
th
2020
DECC – Symphony Hall

Wilco

with KACY & CLAYTON
Nov
24
th
2019
Palace Theatre
Nov
24
th
2019
Palace Theatre

Wilco

with Gaelynn Lea
Nov
23
rd
2019
Palace Theatre
Nov
23
rd
2019
Palace Theatre

Wilco

with Low
Nov
22
nd
2019
Palace Theatre
Nov
22
nd
2019
Palace Theatre

Wilco

with Low
Nov
17
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Nov
17
th
2017
Palace Theatre

Wilco

with James Elkington
Nov
16
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Nov
16
th
2017
Palace Theatre

Wilco

with James Elkington
Nov
15
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Nov
15
th
2017
Palace Theatre

Wilco

with James Elkington
Aug
20
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island
Aug
20
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island

Wilco

with Kurt Vile and The Violators

More Shows

Nov
3
rd
First Avenue

Allison Russell

with Kara Jackson
Oct
24
th
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Porches

with sweet93
Sep
28
th
Palace Theatre

Cloud Cult

Jul
10
th
Fine Line

The New Pornographers