SUPERCHUNK – ” Wild Loneliness “

Posted: February 25, 2022 in MUSIC

Superchunk are one of those bands where the alchemy always seems to come from them playing together, so the fact that ‘Wild Loneliness’ saw all the members recording separately due to the pandemic makes for an intriguing proposition. Mind you, these circumstances don’t seem to have lessened the group’s ability to craft upstart and punkish alt-rock. Indeed, ‘Wild Loneliness’ is one of the liveliest sets in this whole list, a testament to the band’s continued chops and commitment.

Like every record Superchunk has made over the last thirty-some years, “Wild Loneliness” is unskippably excellent and infectious. It’s a blend of stripped-down and lush, electric and acoustic, highs and lows, and I love it all. On “Wild Loneliness” you hear echoes of Come Pick Me Up, Here’s to Shutting Up, and Majesty Shredding. After the (ahem, completely justifiable) anger of “What a Time to Be Alive“, this new record is less about what we’ve lost in these harrowing times and more about what we have to be thankful for.

There’s some hefty guests you’ll hear this year with the likes of R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Sharon Van Etten, Franklin Bruno, Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell , Wye Oak’s Andy Stack, Owen Pallett, plus two members of Teenage Fanclub.

“Wild Loneliness” is out February 25th, 2022, on Merge Records

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