20 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jeff Tweedy’s 18-year-old son Spencer is not only an old-soul drummer but someone who seems to click right into place with his dad’s musical sensibilities. Sukierae is a remarkably strong project, from the thump and grind of “Please Don’t Let Me Be So Misunderstood” to the closing acoustic musing of “I’ll Never Know.” Dad’s songwriting shines brightly, especially on the somber tunes like “Where My Love,” one of several written in a worrisome period when Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother, Susie (nickname Sukierae), was diagnosed with a rare cancer. (Her prognosis took a positive turn.) The fear in Jeff's voice is palpable, but other tracks like the sunny “Low Key” (featuring Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig) and the hippie folk–flavored “Flowering” leaven the collection considerably. Spencer’s skill shines on tracks like “Diamond Light Pt. 1” and “I’ll Sing It,” his shuddering toms and agile snares as necessary as his father’s presence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jeff Tweedy’s 18-year-old son Spencer is not only an old-soul drummer but someone who seems to click right into place with his dad’s musical sensibilities. Sukierae is a remarkably strong project, from the thump and grind of “Please Don’t Let Me Be So Misunderstood” to the closing acoustic musing of “I’ll Never Know.” Dad’s songwriting shines brightly, especially on the somber tunes like “Where My Love,” one of several written in a worrisome period when Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother, Susie (nickname Sukierae), was diagnosed with a rare cancer. (Her prognosis took a positive turn.) The fear in Jeff's voice is palpable, but other tracks like the sunny “Low Key” (featuring Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig) and the hippie folk–flavored “Flowering” leaven the collection considerably. Spencer’s skill shines on tracks like “Diamond Light Pt. 1” and “I’ll Sing It,” his shuddering toms and agile snares as necessary as his father’s presence.

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3:56
3:31
6:12
3:07
3:15
3:08
5:32
4:57
4:01
2:53
3:17
3:32
2:41
3:39
4:25
3:42
2:23
2:36
3:10

About Tweedy

When singer/songwriter and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy initially began working on his first solo album, he began demoing and rehearsing the songs at home with his son Spencer on drums. Although he envisioned it primarily as a solo project, as Spencer became more and more involved it was decided that they would issue the album as a duo under the family name Tweedy. Released in August 2014 on Wilco's dBpm label, their debut, Sukierae, captures all the weary warmth of Jeff Tweedy's distinctive Americana/pop style with a stripped-down, decidedly homemade feel. On-stage the duo is joined by guitarist Jim Elkington, bassist Darin Gray, and keyboardist Liam Cunningham. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • FORMED
    2014

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