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Prior to his untimely death, Jay Bennett recorded The Magnificent Defeat with ample help from fellow collaborator Edward Burch and multi-instrumentalist David Vandervelde. Sounding nearly nothing like his former band Wilco, “Slow Beautifully Seconds Faster” opens with a catchy melody vining up from the beautiful chaos of a sonic maelstrom, wherein vintage drum machines collide with detuned parlor pianos. It’s like Bennett put old Pavement and early Wilco demos into a blender with a heaping helping of his own innovative ideas before singing on top of everything with a weathered voice. He immediately changes gears in the bouncy “5th Grade” as Beach Boys-inspired harmonies glide over a barrage of kids’ toy instruments and a solid snare-heavy beat. He flirts with his alt-country roots on the lightly galloping “Wide Open” before inflecting like Elvis Costello on the more orchestrated “The Palace At 4AM.” Of the two bonus tracks, the rootsy “Junior” is the most accessible.


Born: 15 November 1963 in Urbana, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jay Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who was a prominent presence in Wilco, broke off from the group late in 2001. Before his departure, he began writing songs with Edward Burch and the two put out The Palace at 4 A.M. on Undertow Records in spring 2002. In fact, the pair have worked together in one capacity or another for about seven years. Bennett first became acquainted with Burch in Illinois. At the time, Bennett belonged to the bands Steve Pride & His Blood Kin and Titanic Love Affair. In 1996,...
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