And they showed up ready to play, they did. Did you happen to catch ’em? If not, here they are playing “Born Alone.”
Their sound is mighty tight. This one has an especially bouncy, catchy, poppy feel to it that I like. And Tweedy’s lyrics are better than ever. Get the melody going in your head, then read (or hum) the opening stanza – so very, very smooth, it is:
I have heard the wall and worry of the gospel
Ferry fast across the void
I have married broken spoke charging smoke wheels
Spit and swallowed opioid
And here are some scrawlings from the wordsmith himself, which offer a bit of insight into how he went about writing “Born Alone.”
And finally, here’s an instrumental teaser showcasing the adroitness of Nels and Glen, called “Almost” (the last minute or two from the song, “The Art of Almost,” I think), which they apparently used to build up anticipation for the album, The Whole Love. If anybody out there in EMP-land has heard the whole album, please submit your comments to the blog. Would love to hear how The Whole Love hangs together.