Former Wilco multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett will release his next solo album, "The Magnificent Defeat," Sept. 26 through Rykodisc.
Former Wilco multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett will release his next solo album, "The Magnificent Defeat," Sept. 26 through Rykodisc. The follow-up to a pair of releases in 2004, the 13-track album was apparently pared down from 70 tunes written over the last three years.
"In retrospect, I realize that the primary catalyst was a sequence of unfortunate events in my life," Bennett says. "Four close relatives passing away in the span of one year, major illness in my immediate family, going through a divorce brought me to a low point in my life ... But it kicked off a creative flurry of songwriting and recording."
Collaborating with David Vandervelde, Jonathan Pines and "some other hand-picked and trusted Urbana [Ill.] folks" like Edward Burch, Tim Edwards, Ian Fell and Justin Walden, Bennett embraced a number of musical instruments, including seven Hammond organs, a bowed Kay bass and a Playskool tambourine.
"Like most studio obsessives, I have the requisite arsenal of vintage guitars, both acoustic and electric, and a lot of keyboards, but these aren't even necessarily my preferences," he says. "No, I'm 'Master of the garage/yard sale.' And over the years, I have put together 'The Land of Misfit Instruments.'"
The result is a melodic collection of heavily rhythm-based songs, each with something twisted or particularly DIY in the production. Two songs from the album, "5th Grad" and "Replace You,” are featured on Bennett's MySpace page .
As chronicled in the Wilco documentary "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart," Bennett left the Chicago group shortly before "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was completed. "I'm in a great place now after this whole experience, and am as proud of this record -- if not more than -- as anything else I've done to date,” he says.
Here is the track list for "The Magnificent Defeat":
"Slow Beautifully Seconds Faster"
"The Palace at 4AM"
"Out All Night"
"Survey the Damage"
"I'm Feelin' Fine"
"Good as Gold"
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