Alpenglow

Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Alpenglow is the Minnesota-based sextet’s tenth album. The album, named after the optical phenomenon that takes places when the sun casts a reddish glow across the mountains at dawn and dusk, opens with the wistful beauty of It’s So Hard To Hold On. The narrator contemplates the passing of time and how imperative it is to savour it while you have it.

10 of the 11 tracks on Alpenglow were written by lead singer Dave Simonett, whose introspective and literate songwriting is the foundation of the unwavering connection the group’s music has with its fervent and ever-growing audience. On The Highway expresses a longing to wander but struggles with the value in maintaining roots. Central Hillside Blues addresses nostalgia and loss while Quitting Is Rough deals with having inner strength to not lose sight of what is real, with its beautiful and inspiring refrain “climb out, climb out, climb out” The Tweedy-penned “A Lifetime To Find” features a simple back-and-forth dialogue with Death, which ends as one might expect.

Tracklist

1. It's So Hard To Hold On
2. Starting Over
3. Central Hillside Blues
4. On The Highway
5. A Lifetime To Find
6. Nothing But Blue Skies
7. Burlesque Desert Window
8. All The Good Times Are Gone
9. We're Alright
10. Quitting is Rough 
11. The Party's Over