Thurston Moore’s new band, Chelsea Light Moving, are releasing their self-titled debut on 03/05/13 via Matador Records, and it’s now streaming over at NPR. The band consists of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Keith Wood (Hush Arbors), Samara Lubelski (Hall of Fame), and John Moloney (Howlin’ Rain) and the album’s a total rocker. When Moore and Kim Gordon divorced in 2011 Sonic Youth was effectively disbanded, although they’re officially saying the group’s on a hiatus. The divorce bummed out Sonic Youth-heads and left them in worry about what was next for the group and its members.
Both Thurston and Lee Renaldo have released excellent solo efforts since the “hiatus” of Sonic Youth, Moore with his outstanding 2011 Beck produced Demolished Thoughts. While Demolished was a beautiful effort, it was in large part a melancholy, acoustic, and reflective record, which makes sense given where Moore was in his personal life at the time. Enter Chelsea Light Moving. There’s nothing soft about this record. It’s searing with Thurston’s signature attacking guitar and sing-song snarl, and fits neatly with any of Sonic Youth’s more raucous efforts. It appears Moore’s through mourning, and with the help of a very adept new band, he’s finding his familiar voice in a new way, which should make any Sonic Youth-head happy.
The first single (located below), “Burroughs”, was recorded and mixed May 18-20, 2012, by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab, Easthampton, MA.
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