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Schmilco

Studio album by Wilco
GenreAlternative rock, folk rock
LabeldBpm
Length36 : 22
ProducerJeff Tweedy, Tom Schick
RecordedChicago
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2016

Schmilco may be the best name possible for Wilco's newest Album. While this is a Wilco Album, obviously, you wo know that unless you really listen hard. There are lot of fuzzy guitars and experimentation of last few records, in favor of strip down, folk-y music that is played simply, yet rather stunningly. The production is fantastic as we find, as in a more typical Wilco album, instrumentation at its finest and beautiful guitars, bass, organ, piano, drums, vocals, etc. But now it is simplify. Record during the same sessions that brought us Wilcos last Album Star Wars, this really Is yin to that album yang. And it real pleasure to listen to. The album takes what the press release calls joyously negative approach. Songs definitely have some depressing, negative themes. But, staying with the folk tradition that they come out of, songs are put together in an upbeat, interesting manner. One such gem is Cry All Day. As the song title suggest, this is not a happy song, but drums move the song along, guitars stay steady, and the organ in the background add some sparse yet needed color to the song. While the lyrics are generally depressing, songs provide good up-tempo number to offer contrast to some of the slower songs, especially the first two songs, Normal American Kids and If I Ever Was Child. Another highlight for me is quarters. The songs start with a similarly bleak, joyously negative approach that drives much of the album. But under that is this beautiful drum work. On Quarters, there is sparse instrumentation, but drums add color and give beauty that allows guitars to come in and provide a very different, yet still somber tone to the album. Quarters ultimately acts as an experimental folk song. Locator, following Quarters, is the most upbeat song on the album in regards to musical style. In this song, Wilco returns to some of the more electric instrumentation of their previous albums. But, they keep the instrumentation and song structure very simple. It is a folk song with electric instruments. And, song comes oh so close to engaging in dynamics and fuzz and build that Wilco is so famous for, only to allow the song to simply drop off. It is rather unsettling as they do not really allow the song to resolve. The song is tight though and fits incredibly well with the overall tone of the record. Overall, Schmilco is probably not an album for all Wilco fans. It is definitely a Wilco record, but it sounds and feels a little differently. However, for fans of Jeff Tweedy's solo work and some of his other production work, this album will really resonate. For me, someone who has Love Wilco since being there, I find this to be a welcome addition to their catalogue. It is not their best, but it is a solid, original contribution to World of Wilco music.

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Background and release

In February 2016, Jeff Tweedy first mentioned in an interview that Wilco would be releasing an album in 2016, though he did not go into detail. During his solo benefit shows in Chicago later in May, Tweedy said they had finished new record, but the band wasn't sure they wanted to release it yet. In July 2016, Wilco released Locator from Album to commemorate the one year anniversary of Star Wars and then announced Schmilco several days later, in addition to releasing If I Ever Was Child and Someone To Lose. In September, several days before release, Wilco had I Heard Schmilco events at record stores to promote the album across the country where people could listen to the album and then buy it on vinyl. The album's name Is nod To Harry Nilsson Album Nilsson Schmilsson. The artwork was created by illustrator Joan Cornella in collaboration with Stefania Lusini. On the album, Tweedy tells stories about himself, his family, and his history.

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Jeff Tweedy talks with Current Ahead of Hall's Island show Ahead of Wilco's set at Historic Hall's Island, Jeff Tweedy joins Brian Oake and Jill Riley in Current's broadcast trailer for a chat. Watch Wilco play Tiny Desk concert at NPR Bands don't typically get to play Tiny Desk more than once, but Wilco is a natural exception. Watch group perform 'The Joke Explained' and three songs from its late-'90s catalog. Wilco will perform at Hall's Island in Minneapolis on Saturday, Aug. 20. Wilco Shares New Song, New Album Details The band confirms it has a new Album called Schmilco coming in September and shares a Song called 'If I Ever Was Child'. Last week Wilco released another song called 'Locator'. Album of Week: Wilco,'star Wars' Wilco's newest album,'star Wars', is rarity amongst Wilco albums in that it seems to actively shy away from analysis or deeper meaning. For us listeners, it may mean we can simply sit back and enjoy it.

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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

Wilco's 11 album, 2015's Star Wars, was a playful and angular set of noisy pop and pop-friendly noise, and it seemed fitting that it literally appeared out of nowhere, with the band sending it out as free download without any advance warning one July afternoon. A little more than a year later, Wilco has released a follow-up, Schmilco, and in many respects this album is a flip side to Star Wars. Schmilco feels every bit as spontaneous as Star Wars, but where earlier albums seemed full of the joy of making music, this one is somber and low-key, set of navel-gazing music even as the tunes confirm that Jeff Tweedy's way with melody hasn't failed him. Acoustic guitars dominate most of Schmilco's 12 songs, with Tweedy's vocals right up front, sounding introspective and emphatic at once. On first listen, Schmilco plays like work of one man and his guitar alone with his thoughts and his sorrows late one night. It takes a couple of spins for contributions from the rest of the band to really sink in, but once they do, it becomes apparent this is truly a Wilco album, as Nels Cline's guitars, Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen's keyboards, and Glenn Kotche's drums bring a rich spectrum of dynamics and texture to songs, while John Stirratt's bass anchors these songs both melodically and rhythmically. Just as 1999's Summerteeth sounds like a smart pop album when observed casually but was emotional horror show beneath the surface, Schmilco feels simple and declarative at first glance, but deeper one is willing to dig, more there is to find, both in terms of the band's interplay and Tweedy's songs. Star Wars was Wilco's cheerfully bent version of summer album; Schmilco is clearly music for autumn, meant for cool nights, crunching through Leaves, and the occasional dark night of soul. And it speaks volumes about Wilco that they could make two albums so different within such a short space of time, and both times giving us music that sounds like no one else.

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