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Sunday Sounds: Wilco, “Art of Almost”

For anyone, or anything (iTunes, I’m looking at you), who might think of Wilco as solely an alt-country-rock band, “Art of Almost” will [pleasantly] surprise you. This opening track from The Whole Love is exquisitely complex and layered, with keys/synths/distortion effects that create such an arresting atmosphere. Then there’s the breakdown/bridge around the 4:40 mark that kills me; frenetic electric guitars are a weakness of mine, I cannot deny.

(This stop-motion video of the Wilco playing this song is mesmerizing.)

Hopefully this video won’t get removed, like the one in my post on Chromatics’ “Tick of the Clock” (Drive edit)– but the soundcloud track for that is back up and I’ve embedded it, as well as posted an interesting tidbit as to why that happened.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Isabel November 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Great, as always. I hadn’t gone through this album yet so this post reminded to do that (as well as with all those other albums I’ve been meaning to listen to but still have the big fat “0” under “Plays”).

    Also, we’re in the midst of copyright and licensing right now so my head almost exploded from reading that little tidbit you added. Ha.

    • Reply Maria November 8, 2011 at 11:47 PM

      The Whole Love is sooo good! The first and last songs are probably my favorite, at least as of now… ;) Although “Capitol City” has such a charm, because it’s just so… fun. But I’ve totally been there with getting an album and not listening to it right away. Back during the last days of Borders (*sniff*) I probably bought some seven or eight CDs and didn’t even unwrap them until last month. And I’ve only uploaded of them because seeing all those 0s would have been overwhelming. haha

      But that copyright thing- it’s crazy right? Musicians are always getting shafted though… it hurts my heart. One of my favorite bands can’t even get one of their albums, quite possibly the most beloved one, pressed onto vinyl, despite massive support (a petition is even going around with some thousand signatures!), because they no longer own the rights to those songs even after getting dropped from that label. :/

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