You can always rely on Wilco to deliver something unexpected. A year on from the release of the fuzzy, kick back album of the year, Star Wars, the Chicago band recently announced album number ten, Schmilco, due on September 9th via the bands own dBpm Records label.

Mostly an acoustic collection, Schmilco bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish arrangements that fans have come to expect from Wilco. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after 20-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. It is an intentionally loose affair.

Schmilco finds band leader Jeff Tweedy in a state of alienation: how does one cope with dissonance between self-identity and the public perception of his band – to maintain an innocence and earnestness even as some have come to see him as more (or less) than human, and Wilco as something other than six musicians?

To get a (partial) answer to that question, take a listen to the albums first single ‘If Ever I Was A Child’, below.

Schmilco is out on September 9th, with a special early release for vinyl on September 6th.

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By Daniel W.

Vulture Hound Music Co-Editor. New music and doughnuts on the South Coast of England.