SOTW: Wilco – “Hot Sun”

July 9th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of The Week: Wilco“Hot Sun”

Released: June 28, 2024

Rate: 7/10

RIYL: Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Elliot Smith, The Velvet Underground 

Wilco, formed in 1994 by Jeff Tweedy, rose from the farewell of the alternative country group Uncle Tupelo. Over the years, they have evolved their sound through various line-up changes and experimental ventures, spanning genres from alt-country to avant-garde rock. Known for their critically acclaimed albums like “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” Wilco has cemented themselves as a pivotal force in the indie rock scene. Their musical journey is marked by a blend of personalized lyrics, heartfelt vocals, and a willingness to push the boundaries of their craft.

Their newest EP, “Hot Sun,” from the album “Hot Sun Cool Shroud,” showcases Wilco’s continued evolution and creative vigor. The title track, “Hot Sun,” radiates warmth with its calm instrumentation and reflective lyrics, creating an aura of a fleeting summer. The EP blends elements of folk, rock, and electronic influences, building a soundscape that feels both nostalgic and refreshingly modern. Each track is a testament to Wilco’s ability to innovate while staying true to their roots, and Tweedy’s vocals mildly remind of Jimmy Buffett, making my experience with Wilco’s music that much more favorable.

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