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Wilco announces new album, Ode to Joy, shares “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)”: Stream

The long-awaited followup to 2016's Schmilco drops this October

Wilco announces new album Ode to Joy
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    Wilco has announced a new album called Ode to Joy. The follow-up to 2016’s rather-excellent Schmilco hits stores on October 4th via dBpm Records. In anticipation, they’ve shared a preview with balmy lead single, “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)”.

    Update: A second single, “Everyone Hides”, has been released.

    Whereas Schmilco was somber, Ode to Joy is everything the title suggests. According to frontman Jeff Tweedy in a press release, the record’s full of really big, big folk songs, these monolithic, brutal structures that these delicate feelings are hung on.”

    The conceit for the album arrived in the wake of Tweedy’s two solo albums — 2018’s Warm and this year’s Warmer. Working alongside drummer Glenn Kotche, the two created a bold “launching pad” for the rest of the band to build upon in extroverted ways.

    (Read: A Wilco State of Mind 2016 Cover Story)

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    That sense of outward creation can be heard on “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)”. It shares the delicate nature of anything off Schmilco, but with the meditative warmth that the Chicago outfit has trademarked for over two decades. It’s chewy and folksy.

    Of the song, Tweedy offered some thoughts:

    “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.” 

    Stream the track below.

    Pre-orders are on-going. Grab both the cover artwork and tracklist below, followed by their ensuing tour dates. Because, hey, new Wilco album means new Wilco setlists, and you should know by now they’re masters of that domain. Get your tickets now.

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    Ode to Joy Artwork:

    Wilco - Ode to Joy Album Artwork

    Ode to Joy Tracklist:
    01. Bright Leaves
    02. Before Us
    03. One and a Half Stars
    04. Quiet Amplifier
    05. Everyone Hides
    06. White Wooden Cross
    07. Citizens
    08. We Were Lucky
    09. Love Is Everywhere (Beware)
    10. Hold Me Anyway
    11. An Empty Corner

    Wilco 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
    09/04 – Trondheim, NO @ Tapperiet &
    09/06 – Stavanger, NO @ Stavanger Konserthus Zetlitz &
    09/07 – Bergen, NO @ USF Verftet &
    09/08 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene &
    09/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Den Gra Hal &
    09/12 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom &
    09/13 – Cologne, DE @ Carlswerk Victoria &
    09/14 – Hamburg, DE @ Elbphilharmonie
    09/15 – Warsaw, PL @ Progresja &
    09/18 – Zürich, CH @ Volkshaus *
    09/19 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique *
    09/20 – Padova, IT @ Gran Teatro Geox *
    09/22 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon *
    09/23 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal *
    09/24 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma *
    09/26 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands *
    09/27 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall *
    09/28 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *
    10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
    10/10 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
    10/11 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
    10/12 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
    10/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    10/15 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
    10/16 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    10/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
    10/19 – Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre
    10/20 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
    10/22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
    10/23 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory
    10/25 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    10/26 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
    10/27 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
    11/04 – Grand Rapids @ 20 Monroe Live
    11/05 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
    11/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
    11/08 – Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion
    11/09 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
    11/10 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
    11/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
    11/13 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
    11/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
    11/15 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Paramount Theatre
    11/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
    11/19 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
    11/20 – Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre
    01/18-21 – Riviera Maya, MX @ Hard Rock Hotel

    &= w/ Spiral Stairs
    *= w/ Ohmme

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