Wilco's Nels Cline Returns with New Double Album 'Share the Wealth'

Dive in with the newly shared epic "Beam/Spiral"

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Oct 2, 2020

Wilco hero Nels Cline is returning with a new solo effort. Today Cline and his "Singers" revealed they will be back with a new double album called Share the Wealth, which will arrive on November 13 via Blue Note. Today, though, you can already hear its first single "Beam/Spiral."

The album will arrive on vinyl, CD and digitally. It follows Cline's 2018 Blue Note effort Currents, Constellations.

A press release sums up the new album like this:

On Share the Wealth, the sonic explorer and guitar renegade delivers a potent and provocative program of spontaneous, uncompromising music with an expanded edition of his long-running project The Nels Cline Singers featuring saxophonist and punk-jazz iconoclast Skerik, keyboard marvel Brian Marsella, bass powerhouse Trevor Dunn, longtime collaborator and drummer Scott Amendola, and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista.

The album was recorded in just two days at the Bunker in Brooklyn with Cline and Eli Crews co-producing.

"This band has never even played a live gig together," Cline explained in a statement. "So basically, the whole thing was an experiment. We recorded all these jams with the idea that I was going to take tiny fragments of them and create this kind of cut-and-paste, collaged, psychedelic record like an Os Mutantes record or something crazy like that. But when I listened back to these jams, I liked them so much that I wanted to keep them intact. And some of the most startling transitions, they're not edits. They just happened in the course of these long improvisations in the studio, almost like magic."

As for "Beam/Spiral," Cline said, "It's got a little indie rock flavour in there, particularly in the second section. That's just a classic Singers thing — some pounding eighth notes and big chords. But the more opened-ended first section really reminds me of early Weather Report or maybe Wayne Shorter's Odyssey of Iska — things that I wasn't intending but just came out."

Check out "Beam/Spiral" below.

Share the Wealth:

1. Segunda
2. Beam/Spiral
3. Nightstand
4. Stump The Panel
5. Headdress
6. Princess Phone
7. The Pleather Patrol
8. Ashcan Treasure
9. A Place on the Moon
10. Passed Down

Pre-order Share the Wealth.

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