Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Jeff Tweedy - "Guess Again" and "Love is the King"

Photo by Whitten Sabatini
Jeff Tweedy is going to have a very busy October. His second book, How To Write One Song, is due out on the 13th, and he has a new solo album due out on the 23rd. Right now he's released two singles from the album, "Guess Again" and "Love is the King." 

Jeff Tweedy says of the singles:

At the beginning of the lockdown I started writing country songs to console myselfFolk and country type forms being the shapes that come most easily to me in a comforting way. 'Guess Again' is a good example of the success I was having at pushing the world away, counting my blessings — taking stock in my good fortune to have love in my life. A few weeks later things began to sound like 'Love Is The King' — a little more frayed around the edges with a lot more fear creeping in. Still hopeful but definitely discovering the limits of my own ability to self soothe."

The difference between the two moods is very reflective of the songs. "Guess Again" is a laid back but upbeat song that reflects everyone's thoughts of "This will all be over soon" that we once felt. "Love is the King" is a little more mellow, but a lot darker, reflecting how we've all felt the last few months. There is some positivity, but it's mostly just resignation.

You can listen to "Guess Again" below. "Love is the King" can be listened to here. Love is the King, the upcoming album from Jeff Tweedy, will be out digitally on October 23 via dBpm Records. You can pre-order a copy on Wilco's website.

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