Indie Anthology: Wilco move toward a more atmospheric, experimental sound on ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’

Yankee Hotel Fox Trot
Courtesy of Charles Harris

On September 18th, 2001, American rockers Wilco moved toward a more atmospheric, experimental sound with their fourth studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

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Recording sessions for the album started in late 2000, but the band had to face a whole slew of conflicts. From switching drummers to disagreements between bandmembers, the making of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. From these issues arose a new sound completely, as Wilco honed in on an art rock sound.

Serving as Wilco’s first band with drummer Glenn Kotche and last with songwriter Jay Bennett, the album is definitely a standout in their catalogue. While their label at the time, Reprise Records, refused to release the album, the band acquired the rights themselves and streamed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot for free on their website. Wilco then signed with Nonesuch Records, who gave it an official release on April 23rd, 2002. The album was super well-received, making a name as one of the best albums of the 2000s.

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Now, in honour of the 20th anniversary of the album, Wilco are sharing a special reissue series featuring a whopping seven special editions of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

The standout in the reissue series is a Super Deluxe edition of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. That version will boast 11 vinyls and one CD, containing 82 previously unreleased recordings. Among those recordings are demos, drafts, and instrumentals. Additionally, this reissue features a 2001 radio performance, a 2002 concert recording, and a book with interviews, essays, and previously unseen photos of Wilco.

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