Jim O’Rourke’s one long song
Jim O’Rourke is still experimenting. There are so many interesting touch points to this guy’s career: a member of Gastr del Sol in the ’90s, he helped make Wilco’s two most experimental albums and became a full-time member of Sonic Youth.
He’s made solo albums, collaborated with and produced a number of other artists. His work with Jeff Tweedy didn’t end with “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” and “A Ghost Is Born.” Tweedy and O’Rourke made two albums under the name Loose Fur.
O’Rourke, who now lives in Japan, releases his solo album, “The Visitor,” on Tuesday. The album is one long song (32 minutes) that stretches across a number of musical styles, according to the New York Times, which interviewed the former Chicagoan.
Don’t look for the album on iTunes because O’Rourke won’t allow it. He thinks downloads compromise the quality of the sound.