Jay Bennett can’t seem to separate himself from Jeff Tweedy.
Just a day after Tweedy announced that Wilco was aiming for a new album in the spring of ’09 (I was saving that for today, but suffice it to say, I’m excited) comes news today that Bennett is planning on three albums for next year. Here’s Paste:
As The Chicago Sun-Times reports, the multi-instrumentalist/studio magician has a hat trick of discs lined up for ’08. Up first: a new solo disc entitled Kicking at the Perfumed Air. Secondly, there’s another collaboration with Burch on tap, a six-song EP dedicated to songwriters Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds.
That second one catches my eye most. As I wrote back in October, I loved their first collaboration, The Palace at 4 a.m., pt. 1. Bennett’s got a ton of talent, but he tries too hard on his solo discs (listen to his voice fucking emote…he’s so deep!). He and Burch are a good match. They use about 97 instruments on each track, and they’re just layered with pop hooks.
And then there’s this: a reunion with his old band.
Finally, longtime Bennett-watchers will be happy to hear that a reunion is in the offing between the man and some of his former bandmates. No, not those ex-bandmates (seriously, have you seen I Am Trying To Break Your Heart lately?) — Bennett is getting back together with his old buddies from Titanic Love Affair, a ’90s power pop troupe that operated under the radar for awhile. They’re set to release their first collection of new material in over a decade. All of this recording activity serves as fanfare to herald Bennett’s arrival in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., where he’s opened up a new studio, Pieholden Suite Sound. The trip out to his new den was actually what prompted the Titanic Love Affair reunion.
Part of me wishes there could be a Wilco reunion. Bennett and Tweedy worked well together; it’s too bad things ended as they did. Plus Wilco is veering slowly into some kind of jam band territory, and I’m a little nervous.