Photo Credit: Akash Wadhwani

On June 28, the initial day of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., the band will release their newly announced EP, Hot Sun Cool Shroud. An echo of their previous collection, Cousin, the new set was forged out of sessions that produced the 2023 full-length album. Consisting of six never-before-heard tracks, the set leans into a certain “summertime after-day” feel, according to the band leader. 

“It’s fun to have something new to release at Solid Sound,” Jeff Tweedy said via press release. “This year we’re putting out an EP with a summertime-after-dark kind of feeling. It starts off pretty hot, like heat during the day, has some instrumentals on it that are a little agitated and uncomfortable and ends with a cooling breeze.”

As a descriptor of the sonic capture, Tweedy added, “There are tracks on Hot Sun Cool Shroud that are more aggressive and angular than anything we’ve put out in a while, and a song about love melting you like ice cream into a puddle of sugary soup. All the pieces of summer, including the broody cicadas.” Hot Sun Cool Shroud wil drop on all streaming platforms, with a unique white vinyl pressing available only at Solid Sound Festival on June 28. 

Kathleen Ryan designed the EP cover artwork, which incorporates her “Fruit Bat” collection–decaying produce, cherries, peaches, and the like. For those attending Solid Sound, fans will be able to design individualized EP covers using stamps and stickers that reproduce Ryan’s various fruit sculptures. Those interested can submit their cover design to dBpm Records to have their work featured as actualized art, which will be available for sale in physical formats later this year.

In conjunction with the forthcoming EP, Wilco will host their annual Solid Sound Festival, with sets from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Dry Cleaning, Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Wednesday, Horsegirl, Ratboys, Water From Your Eyes, and many more. The event also features bonus activities from podcasts and interviews to the  Musicians on Musician series, which showcases selections from a private collection of music photography curated by members of Wilco. 

Pre-order Wilco’s Hot Sun Cool Shroud EP. Read more about the 2024 edition of Solid Sound here. Scroll down to view the impending six-song tracking list.

Hot Sun Cool Shroud Cover Examples by Kathleen Ryan

Hot Sun Cool Shroud EP Tracklist
1. Hot Sun
2. Livid
3. Ice Cream
4. Annihilation
5. Inside The Bell Bones
6. Say You Love Me