“Sukierae” proves talent runs in the Tweedy family

Emotional, restless, and deceptively bright, “Sukierae” marks the release of Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer’s first double LP under the moniker, “Tweedy.”



Allison Winters, Writer

I was raised on the good stuff. My father, a skilled musician and a longtime drummer in a band he and his best friend started while attending Biola in the ‘80s, would not have allowed for anything else. The musical choices whilst driving in the family van were limited to various classic rock stations, Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” and, more than everything else, any given album by the Americana rock band Wilco. It seems only appropriate that Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy, would keep up the good family vibes and release a double LP with his very own son as his drummer under the simple moniker, Tweedy. This new album might sound like nepotism on paper, but once you turn up the volume, “Sukierae” sounds like wonderful chemistry between two great musicians.

A classically trained drummer in jazz and avant-garde music, Spencer Tweedy — a mere 18 years old — holds his own as he plays in “Sukierae” with multiple, more experienced musicians. Listeners get their first taste of his musical skills in the opening track, “Please Don’t Let Me Be So Understood,” but his standout moments come later on in the album. The anxious and twitchy beat in “Diamond Light Pt. 1,” and his jarring and seemingly disruptive cymbal hits in “Slow Love” serve the song well. this drives the dissonant echoes forward as his father sings “I never needed to know what it was” in the melancholy mumbling the Wilco frontman is known for. The album itself is largely ambiguous in terms of lyrics and their meaning, though many believe it deals with his wife’s ongoing battle with cancer. Tweedy and his son dance around any straightforward mention of their loved one, but the emotions of the album, ranging from restless to deceptively bright, convey what the songs come together to discuss. The father-son duo have produced an album that may not be completely understood by those without a set of house keys to the Tweedy residence, but the feelings and emotions in “Sukierae” can be picked up and enjoyed by anyone willing to give it a listen.

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