Jeff Tweedy Says Wilco Are "Chipping Away at a New Record"

"It's been very, very, very fun and exciting, and we're having a great time"

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 14, 2022

Jeff Tweedy has revealed that Wilco are at work on a new studio album, just over two years removed from sharing 2019's Ode to Joy.

The frontman made the reveal last week (February 11) in his Starship Casual Substack newsletter, announcing that he and his bandmates were "chipping away" at new material for their twelfth studio effort.

"Just checking in to mostly apologize for the lack of activity this past week on the old Starship," Tweedy shared in an audio message. "Haven't had a lot of correspondence since Nels and I covered a Tom Waits song last week behind the paywall. And it's mostly because — almost entirely because — I've been in the studio with Wilco making some new music, chipping away at a new record."

"It's been very, very, very fun and exciting, and we're having a great time," he continued. "And so next week I should be able to get back to some normal scheduled correspondence. If I can get everybody in the Wilco braintrust on board, maybe I'll share a snippet of a work in progress or something like that over the weekend behind the paywall. But like I said, next week should be more like the normal amount of reaching out and sharing and just the general activities we've come to expect here on the Starship. Alright, carry on."

You can subscribe to Tweedy's newsletter here.

Earlier this month, Wilco announced Yankee Hotel Foxtrot anniversary performances in Chicago and New York. In 2020, the acclaimed album was honoured with a chopped and screwed remix.

Read Exclaim!'s review of Ode to Joy. Tweedy delivered solo album Love Is the King in 2020.

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