Wilco Offer Free Download New Song, ‘Locator’
Wilco can't stop giving away their music for free. Today, they decided to allow fans to download a new song, "Locator."
The group broke the news on their website, whose homepage bears the message. "As the one-year anniversary of the release of Star Wars approaches we couldn’t think of a better way to mark the occasion than with the gift of song. And so, we give you 'Locator.' Happy Birthday, Star Wars!"
All you have to do is enter your e-mail address and you will be sent a link from which you can grab your copy. However, the e-mail contains the following message, "Note to iOS users: you can only download on your computers, then sync to your device. Downloads will not work if on your iPhone or iPad."
Although only two minutes and 18 seconds, "Locator" is trademark Wilco. It's made up of parts that sound deceptively simple and are held together by Glenn Kotche's always-inventive drumming. There's a weird instrumental bit in the middle, which continues to add tension when the vocals kick back in, but it quiets back down again in the final 25 seconds.
The band shocked fans on July 16, 2015 when they delivered Star Wars, with no prior announcement, in the same manner. It was their first record since 2011's The Whole Love, and, like its predecessor, touched on nearly all the phases from their 20-year career.
Wilco begin a North American tour on Aug. 13 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You can see all the dates here.
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