(Yet more evidence of the magical powers of Beyonce, who paved the way with surprise album releases). Downloading it requires offering an email address, which signs you up for the band’s mailing list. “It felt like it would be fun”, he said on the band’s Facebook page.

Star Wars will reportedly only be available for free for a limited time, but as Jeff Tweedy wrote on Instagram, it was all meant to be a lighthearted gift to their fans.

Free + Star Wars + cat album art = You can not lose. Website The Verge says “Your dad is going to be really excited” about the free download, which features tracks like “Random Name Generator”, “The Joke Explained”, and “Taste the Ceiling” on its 33-minute long playlist.

The surprise release comes a day before Wilco performs at the Pitchfork Music Festival in the band’s hometown of Chicago.

Well, Wilco chose do on Thursday with the unexpected release of Star Wars, the alt-rockers’ ninth studio album.

Wilco is probably best known for their album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which almost did not get released at all. At first listen, the record does not appear to have anything in common with the film version / cinematic universe of Star Wars, besides maybe having very good SEO.