The self-titled album is finally out- released March 5 - and it is, in a word, fantastic. Turns out the aforementioned advance songs represent a very high level of songcraft and guitar work that is sustained throughout the record. The spoken word piece "Mohawk" is about as subdued as it gets, which means this is a very wild affair. And, to me, that is a very welcome development.
Sonic Youth fans will certainly recognize the guitar freakouts, the VU-influenced late-night rambling beat poetry lyrics, and I would think most will welcome them. I know I do. The longer songs tend to feature rambling solos, the shorter numbers (opening cut "Heavenmetal" for example) are catchier and a bit more melodic. Here's a link to "Empires of Time" - a 5:00 song that starts slowly but features the fast/slow dynamic and builds to a crescendo.
And here's a video of "Allighted" from a recent live performance - making good on Moore's promise, apparently articulated in the comments section of the music blog Brooklyn Vegan, to "detonate" a birthday party or wedding reception:
And here's a video for "Burroughs":
Psychedelic, sprawling and savage, Moore's guitar playing is completely undiminished, and this is a really good collection of rock songs - there is not a weak cut on the record.
Chelsea Light Moving at Matador Records