Wilco guitarist Nels Cline has announced his forthcoming solo studio album, Share The Wealth, due out November 13th via Blue Note Records.
The 10 songs to be included on the album were performed and recorded by an expanded edition of his longtime side project The Nels Cline Singers, comprised of punk-jazz saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist Brian Marsella, bassist Trevor Dunn, longtime collaborator/drummer Scott Amendola, and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. The 10 songs were all arranged and recorded in just two days at The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY with help from the project’s co-producer Eli Crews.
The first single from Share The Wealth was also shared with Friday’s album announcement. Entitled, “Beam/Spiral”, Cline explains about his new track, “It’s got a little indie-rock flavor in there, particularly in the second section. That’s just a classic Singers thing—some pounding eighth notes and big chords. But the more opened-ended first section really reminds me of early Weather Report or maybe Wayne Shorter’s Odyssey of Iska—things that I wasn’t intending but just came out.”
Listen to the new “Beam/Spiral” via its entrancing video below.
The Nels Cline Singers – “Beam/Spiral”
[Video: Blue Note Records]
“This band has never even played a live gig together,” Cline also added about his latest project in a press statement. “So basically, the whole thing was an experiment. We recorded all these jams with the idea that I was going to take tiny fragments of them and create this kind of cut-and-paste, collaged, psychedelic record like an Os Mutantes record or something crazy like that. But when I listened back to these jams, I liked them so much that I wanted to keep them intact. And some of the most startling transitions, they’re not edits. They just happened in the course of these long improvisations in the studio, almost like magic.”
Click here to pre-order the album. Fans who pre-order their copy of Share The Wealth will also receive access to an upcoming Nels Cline virtual album release event to be announced in the coming weeks.