Watch a Face-Masked Jeff Tweedy Sing with Other Famous People’s Mouths in His New ‘Gwendolyn’ Video

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On Oct. 23, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco will release a new solo album, Love is the King. It’s the culmination of writing the celebrated indie rock singer/songwriter has carried out over the past few months of COVID-19 lockdown as a means of coping with the frustration of 2020. (A physical edition of the album will follow on January 15, 2021).

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As if that wasn’t topical enough already, Tweedy’s new video for the song “Gwendolyn” features him in a face mask, but with others’ mouths superimposed over his when he removes the facial covering. It’s a bit jarring, as intended:

The faces in the video, by the way, include Jon Hamm, Elvis Costello, Tavi Gevinson, Seth Meyers, Nnamdi, Abbi Jacobson, Alex Winter, Norah Jones, Jeff Garlin — so go back and watch again if you’re interested in figuring out which mouth is which.

“Gwendolyn” joins a pair of other songs shared thus far from the new Jeff Tweedy record. Here’s “Guess Again”:

And the title track:

Said Jeff Tweedy of this new record, in a statement:

At the beginning of the lockdown I started writing country songs to console myselfFolk and country type forms being the shapes that come most easily to me in a comforting way. ‘Guess Again’ is a good example of the success I was having at pushing the world away, counting my blessings — taking stock in my good fortune to have love in my life,” comments Tweedy. “A few weeks later things began to sound like ‘Love Is The King’ — a little more frayed around the edges with a lot more fear creeping in. Still hopeful but definitely discovering the limits of my own ability to self soothe.”

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