Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy will release his new solo album, Sukierae (pronounced “sue-key-ray”) on September 16th, and he tapped someone near and dear to his heart to man the drums: his 18-year old son, Spencer, Billboard reports.
The project is officially dubbed TWEEDY, and you can now take a listen to, “I’ll Sing It,” one of 20 songs set to appear on the upcoming LP. The song finds Tweedy working in familiar territory, singing in a hollow, almost disaffected, coo over a grit-caked guitar progression; the track veers off into a peculiar experimental aside, but the detour helps make the final chorus’ disposition all that sunnier. Along with Spencer on drums, the track features background vocals from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.
“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Tweedy said in a press release. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything — write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.”
Sukierae will be Tweedy’s first full-length since Wilco’s last effort, The Whole Love, which was released back in 2011. Spencer is also set to accompany his dad on drums during Tweedy’s upcoming summer trek, which kicks off on Thursday in Detroit and includes a gig at the famed Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Check out a full list of dates over on Wilco’s website.