Kim Gordon – No Residence Report
It has been eight years since Sonic Youth broke up and, together with it, certainly one of indie rock’s most iconic marriages. Founding members Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore spent not solely 30 years in a band collectively however 27 years as husband and spouse.
Since 2011, the previous members appear to have been wandering within the wilderness. They’ve stored busy with varied collaborations, aspect tasks and solo albums. However, most have not come wherever near recapturing the magic of the avant punk band that they shared for 3 many years. The exception to that rule is Kim Gordon’s first solo album (after 38 years as a musician): No Residence Report.
The primary single, “Murdered Out,” was truly launched approach again in 2016. It was a brash assertion of intent. It instantly informed the world that Gordon was able to shake off her previous and are available in to her personal in a post-Sonic Youth world. However she stored us ready. It wasn’t till this month that a full album arrived and he or she lastly delivered on that promise.
No Residence Report is darkish and abrasive. Not that Sonic Youth could not be these issues (‘trigger, oh man, may it), however not in the identical approach. The place as an album likehas an unsettling and at instances foreboding sound, Kim’s solo report is extra offended and claustrophobic. It is a report that feels prefer it’s about to collapse on itself always. It is also far more trendy and experimental feeling than something Sonic Youth launched in its final decade as a band. As nice as these data are, Moderately Ripped and Murray Avenue lack the sting and sense of hazard that earlier Sonic Youth albums had. And at instances they appeared to dabble in basic rock vibes.
On No Residence Report, Kim Gordon manages to recapture what made early Sonic Youth albums so enthralling. To get her edge again, she partnered with producer Justin Raisen, who has labored with the likes of Yves Tumor, Sky Ferreira and Charli XCX. Collectively they created an album that careens from the Dying Grips-esque digital hailstorm of opener “Sketch Artist,” to the noise punk rager “Hungry Child,” to the meditative industrial drone of “Get Yr Life Again.”
And it is not as if there is not any trace of her musical previous on show right here. “Air BnB” would not sound misplaced on Goo and Gordon’s voice is unmistakable. Her borderline monotone could be indifferent, seductive and threatening all on the similar time. And she or he has the arrogance to convincingly ship seemingly stream-of-consciousness traces that will make a lesser artist appear absurd.
No Residence Report is bigger than the sum of its elements. Whereas there are definitely standout tracks (just like the beforehand talked about “Sketch Artist” and “Murdered Out”), to not point out the borderline lure of “Paprika Pony,” it is the way in which the entire thing comes collectively that makes it so spectacular. The wedding of digital and natural devices, the bending of genres and the drastic stylistic shifts all someway emulsify right into a singular creative imaginative and prescient.
Sonic Youth, probably the most vital bands in my life, is gone. And almost definitely by no means coming again. (The cut up between Gordon and Moore was hardly amicable.) However at the least certainly one of its members is as soon as once more making artwork that issues.
Cave In – Closing Transmission
March 28th, 2018, was a shitty day. The title Caleb Scofield was trending on Twitter. My coronary heart sank as I assumed to myself, “Why would Caleb’s title be trending as a substitute of the title of his band?” I clicked on the hyperlink. Caleb, the bassist and vocalist of post-hardcore group Cave In, hit a toll sales space barrier on his approach residence. His truck exploded, and at simply 39 years previous, the husband and father of two was gone.
Cave In is probably not underrated per se, however the band is definitely underappreciated. The Boston-based band’s odd mixture of metalcore technicality, post-hardcore melody and house rock psychadelia created a musical buffet that numerous different bands have picked at for the previous 20 years. There aren’t many bands as eclectic or different as Cave In, both. Simply because the group gained a status as a metalcore paragon, they switched it up. Its proggy, alt rock album Jupiter options textural, effects-laden guitar traces, sing-along vocals and occasional flashbacks to the band’s heavy roots. Since then, Cave In’s output has ebbed and flowed alongside a continuum from catchy acid rock to wall-of-sound absurdity.
Caleb’s demise was a shock to the impartial music scene and delivered an enormous blow to Boston’s thriving hardcore group. However Caleb had left behind tough, sparse demos he recorded for an upcoming Cave In launch. The remaining members of the band — Adam McGrath, JR Conners and Stephen Brodsky — cleaned up the audio high quality of Caleb’s recordings and wrote songs round these items. The ensuing album, Closing Transmission, got here out in June and served as a posthumous launch for Scofield. And given the album’s roughly produced place to begin, it is a much better work than one may count on.
Closing Transmission begins off with a smooth, easy acoustic music with Scofield mumbling a melody. The album then kicks into certainly one of Cave In’s many signature types — a mid-paced, low tuned, stoner anthem. Booming baritone guitar grooves, jangly malfunctioning spaceship results and buzzing bass kind a sonic demise wall that may get your head nodding alongside. With “Nightcrawler,” the band transitions to their tougher, driving sound paying homage to 2005’s Good Pitch Black. The cruel, tide-like sweeps of static in “Lunar Day” harken again to 2011’s White Silence. “Winter Window” is fingers down the standout monitor — eerie harmonized lead guitars and falsetto vocals intensify a devastating groove. Closing Transmission is a microcosmic encapsulation of Cave In, squeezing the band’s potential to easily transition from one distinct fashion to a different right into a 30-minute rollercoaster trip.
Whereas Closing Transmission definitely pays tribute to Caleb, the album is not merely an homage to Scofield — it stands as a totally developed Cave In album by itself, which is a significant feat. (The lyrics of “Shake My Blood” appear significantly related to the expertise of shedding a detailed buddy.) Most followers hearken to Cave In for the band’s uniqueness, technicality and pure enjoyable issue. However Closing Transmission is totally different; it is an emotional expertise, particularly for individuals who grew up listening to the band and seeing them reside.
Talking of reside performances, Cave In simply wrapped up its US tour supporting the album. The band was welcomed residence to Boston with three sold-out reveals. Nate Newton of Converge is taking part in Caleb’s bass elements. Given Cave In’s shut relationship with Converge and given Nate was bandmates with Caleb in steel band Outdated Man Gloom, it is actually the right match. Nate performed Caleb’s bass on stage to ensure that a part of him was current in each Cave In efficiency. On the finish of every present, he held out the white Fender Precision Bass for the viewers to strum as a farewell.
Should you’re a fan of Converge, Piebald or Mutoid Man, you are in all probability already well-acquainted with Cave In. If not, contemplate beginning with the extra accessible Jupiter after which try what, for me, is the very best album of the 12 months.
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