Wilco Announce New Album, ‘Ode to Joy’
Wilco have announced the follow-up to 2016's Schmilco.
Their 11th album, Ode to Joy, will arrive on Oct. 4, and they're previewing it with the lead single, "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)." You can see the track listing below.
According to a press release, the tracks started with frontman Jeff Tweedy and drummer Glenn Kotche collaborating; the other four members created their parts from there. Kotche's beats were "meant to mimic the movement of marching — a powerful act utilized on both sides of the authoritarian wall."
Tweedy added that the end product is “really big, big folk songs, these monolithic, brutal structures that these delicate feelings are hung on.”
That extends to "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)," an acoustic-driven number similar to "She's a Jar" from their 1999 album Summerteeth, but with a different lyrical vibe.
"There must be more love than hate, right?" Tweedy said. "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."
You can listen to "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)" below.
Ode to Joy will be available as a digital download, CD and black or pink vinyl. A deluxe vinyl edition contains different inserts and a 22-page cloth-bound embossed book with collages and "unique hand assembled paper constructions that animate and reveal album lyrics including pages engineered with pull out die cut pockets, spinning wheels, paper doors, and unfolding gatefold spreads."
All pre-orders come with an instant download of "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)."
Wilco's North American tour in support of Ode to Joy starts on Oct. 8 in Toronto and concludes Nov. 20 in Omaha. You can see the dates below and find more details at their website.
Wilco, 'Ode to Joy' Track Listing
1. "Bright Leaves"
2. "Before Us"
3. "One and a Half Stars"
4. "Quiet Amplifier"
5. "Everyone Hides"
6. "White Wooden Cross"
8. "We Were Lucky"
9. "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)"
10. "Hold Me Anyway"
11. "An Empty Corner"
Wilco 2019 North American Tour
Oct. 8 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Oct. 10 - Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Oct. 11 - Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Oct. 12 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Oct. 15 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Oct. 16 - Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Oct. 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Oct. 19 - Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre
Oct. 20 - Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
Oct. 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom - SOLD OUT
Oct. 23 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory
Oct. 25 - Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Oct. 26 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Oct. 27 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Nov. 4 - Grand Rapids @ 20 Monroe Live
Nov. 5 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
Nov. 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Nov. 8 - Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion
Nov. 9 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Nov. 10 - Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
Nov. 12 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
Nov. 13 - Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
Nov. 14 - St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
Nov. 15 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ Paramount Theatre
Nov. 17 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Nov. 19 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
Nov. 20 - Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre