Nels Cline Announces New Album ‘Share The Wealth’ & Shares Single

By Nate Todd Oct 2, 2020 9:13 am PDT

Nels Cline announced a new album, Share The Wealth, arriving on November 13 via Blue Note. The Wilco guitarist also shared the lead single, “Beam/Spiral.”

Cline recorded the new double LP in just two days at The Bunker in Brooklyn with help from co-producer Eli Crews and his longrunning collective the Nels Cline Singers featuring saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist Brian Marsella, bassist Trevor Dunn, longtime collaborator and drummer Scott Amendola and percussionist Cyro Baptista of Trey Anastasio Band fame.

Nels detailed the dynamics of the band in a statement:

This band has never even played a live gig together. 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.

Cline also spoke about the new single, “Beam/Spiral”: “It’s got a little indie rock flavor in there, particularly in the second section, he said. “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.”

“Beam/Spiral” arrived with an accompanying visual directed by Nels’ wife, Yuka Honda. Watch it below:

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