WILD LONELINESS [North Carolina Edition] (PINK & GREEN VINYL)
*This is a pre-order. Items will ship on or around the release date of FEBRUARY 25, 2022. For orders that have multiple items with pre-orders, all items will be held until every item from the order is available to ship. Please contact us with any questions.
preorder - out 2/25/2022
exclusive North Carolina color version of the album! Limited to 400, this version is pressed on pink/green color vinyl, and includes an exclusive 12" x 12" art print by the immensely talented Ron Liberti (Chapel Hill's own, longtime friend of Merge & also a member of Pipe and Cold Cream). This NC edition is only available to indie record shops across these 503 miles we all live on.
"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. I 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.
I say all the time that what makes a good poem—the “secret ingredient”—is surprise. Perhaps the same is true of songs. Like when the sax comes in on the title track, played by Wye Oak’s Andy Stack, adding a completely new texture to the song. Or when Owen Pallett’s strings come in on “This Night.” But my favorite surprise on Wild Loneliness is when the harmonies of Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley of Teenage Fanclub kick in on “Endless Summer.” It’s as perfect a pop song as you’ll ever hear—sweet, bright, flat-out gorgeous—and yet it grapples with the depressing reality of climate change.
Because of COVID, Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon each recorded separately, but a silver lining is that this method made other long-distance contributions possible, from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Sharon Van Etten, Franklin Bruno, and Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, among others.
Wild Loneliness is becoming part of my life, part of my memories, too. And it will be part of yours. I can picture people in 20, 50, or 100 years listening to this record and marveling at what these artists created together—beauty, possibility, surprise—during this alarming (and alarmingly isolated) time. But why wait? Let’s marvel now." --- Maggie Smith
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