For Lambchop’s special Trip LP (out November 13th), each member of the band assembled over the last two albums was tasked with choosing one song for the band to cover and leading the recording session. Lambchop head honcho Kurt Wagner says, “My idea was to see what might happen if I removed myself from the process as much as possible. In doing so, what surfaced would be elements that have always been there but maybe got overshadowed by my songwriting and approach.”
Lambchop’s drummer and saxophonist Andy Stack (also of Wye Oak and Joyero) looked to the Stevie Wonder catalogue and brought ‘Golden Lady’ off 1973’s Innervisions to the table. The result is delightfully woozy, coating the composition in skittering hi-hats and electronic flourishes, and extending it to nearly seven minutes. The track follows the previously shared cover of Wilco’s ‘Reservations’.
Take a listen to ‘Golden Lady’, below…
Speaking of the track, Stack says: “I wanted to choose an earnest love song, a chance to display the tenderness that we’ve come to know from Kurt, Tony, and the boys. But love is complex, and we discovered that you never find tenderness without a hint of melancholy, darkness, and maybe a little Xanax.”
Recorded December 2–7, 2019, at Battletapes in Nashville, TN, Trip sounds like a culmination of Lambchop’s past and present. There’s a looseness and freedom that recalls their older sound mixed with a group sophistication and innovation derived through the process of playing together for so long.
Trip tracklisting as follows…
- Reservations (Jeff Tweedy) – chosen by Matthew McCaughan
- Where Grass Won’t Grow (Earl “Peanut” Montgomery) – chosen by Paul Niehaus
- Shirley (Jamie Klimek and Jim Crook) – chosen by Matt Swanson
- Golden Lady (Stevie Wonder) – chosen by Andy Stack
- Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone (Brian Holland, Edward Holland and Lamont Dozier) – chosen by Tony Crow
- Weather Blues (James McNew) – chosen by Kurt Wagner