One Track Mind: Tweedy, “I’ll Sing It” from Sukierae (2014)

Jeff Tweedy’s forthcoming solo albums isn’t just a departure from Wilco. It’s a departure from the concept of solo albums: He started out, it seems, working alone but before long his collaborations with son Spencer, an 18-year-old drummer, made it clear that a stand-alone side project was coming together.

And thus we have Tweedy, a duo recording of a solo album called Sukierae, due September 16, 2014 via Wilco’s dBpm imprint.

Its rangy advance single, the layered, propulsive “I’ll Sing It,” sets the stage nicely — with a crepuscular vocal, so full of quiet portent, and a descending cadence that only adds to the drama. The sense of familial connection runs just as deep as the song’s darker complexities, to the point where even a deliriously happy yeah-yeah-yeah chorus can’t break the spell.

Then a tangled guitar kicks off what promises to be an anthemic conclusion, only it gives way to the most intriguing of conclusions: “I’ll Sing It” slowly, slowly, ever so slowly devolves down into a ruminative stop. By going it alone — but with someone he trusts so implicitly — Jeff Tweedy seems freed of conceptual binds, and in so doing, he’s created something truly new for himself.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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