August 18, 2008 / 11:43 PM / 10 years ago

Wilco eyeing spring '09 date for next album

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rock band Wilco hopes to have its seventh studio album out by spring 2009, frontman Jeff Tweedy told Albany, N.Y., radio station WAMC recently.

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs during the 20th anniversary "Farm Aid" concert in Tinley Park, Illinois, September 18, 2005. REUTERS/John Gress

After opting for a highly performance-oriented recording approach on 2007’s “Sky Blue Sky,” Tweedy said he expects that Wilco will “allow ourselves a little bit more leeway in terms of sculpting the sound in the studio and doing overdubs and using the studio as another instrument. Last time around, it was more of a document.”

At recent live shows, Wilco has played two new songs: “One Wing” recalls the melancholy, slowly building “Sky Blue Sky” closer “On and On and On,” while “Sunny Feeling” has a sly main riff in keeping with loose jams from the last album.

Before the release of “Sky Blue Sky,” Tweedy told Billboard that a number of unfinished songs from those sessions would potentially form the basis for the next album, but it is unknown if they remain in consideration at this point.

Wilco wraps a summer North American tour this weekend at San Francisco’s inaugural Outside Lands Festival. After a one-off August 30 Wilco festival gig in Ireland, Tweedy plays four solo shows in Spain through September 6 in Murcia.


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