Album Review: Glenn Kotche: Adventureland by Kronos Quartet
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Glenn Kotche is best known as the drummer of Wilco 2.0, the rebel whose junk metal thwacks and snaking marimba lines on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” heralded the beginning of the band’s most creatively fertile period. He also once played the Four Tops on faucets in a Delta commercial. But even before his tenure with Tweedy in Wilco and Loose Fur, Kotche wrote and performed contemporary classical music.
It’s been eight years since Glenn Kotche’s last solo album, Mobile, and things are a lot different this time around. This shouldn’t be all that surprising. Kotche is the most surprising and ever-growing part of Wilco as their drummer, and he has made subtle and fascinating instrumental work as part of On Fillmore. Adventureland finds Kotche expanding his compositions and his musical palate into writing for strings and electronics alongside Kotche’s huge collection of percussion instruments.
Alongside his day job playing drums in Wilco, Glenn Kotche spends his time as a composer. Though not classically trained, he’s fascinated by exploring the “sound possibilities” of seemingly random objects to fully render his compositions. Among his vast array of makeshift tools, he’s used a re-appropriated fruit bowl attached to a contact mic, a “toiletry bag” full of portable instruments, as well as, of course, Delta faucets.