BY SARAH COMPO
Remember the first time you caught a glimpse of Spencer Tweedy’s drumming skills? If you’re a Wilco fan—or have a penchant for getting a behind the scenes look at the music biz—you probably do. More than a decade ago, Spencer, now 18, appeared in the Wilco documentary, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, air drumming alongside dad as the tour bus rolled down the highway.
Fast-forward to 2014, and the duo is still rocking out together, releasing the two-disc album, Sukierae. Spanning 20 songs, it showcases Spencer’s drumming chops and the complex alt-rock sound we’ve come to expect from the eldest Tweedy; all while ruminating on the subjects of love, mortality and everything in between.
Father and son shine on the gritty “I’ll Sing it” and meditative “Diamond Light”—two tracks where Spencer’s propulsive drumming complements Jeff’s vocals. Other tracks are more ethereal, including the standout “Summer Noon,” which sounds just as light and easy as its name implies. One of the album’s best surprises comes from Lucius‘ co-frontwomen Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe who lend their voices to several tracks including the upbeat “Low Key” and the languid “High as Hello.”
Most listeners heard Sukierae in bits and pieces over the past several months, as Tweedy released a new track each week. However, taken as a whole, Sukierae is a much different experience, exhibiting a labor of love in the truest sense—a family affair that bridges the generational gap to offer a little something for everyone.
DOWNLOAD: “Summer Noon,” “Low Key,” “Diamond Light, Part 1,” “Slow Love”