In the midst of all the focus on what Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore are doing in the wake of Sonic Youth’s demise, it’s easy to forget that Lee Ranaldo was just as vital a member of Sonic Youth. I mean this is the guy who wrote “Hey Joni,” “Hoarfrost,” and “Mote” — three of the best songs in the band’s entire discography. Ranaldo and his new band, the Dust, have an album coming out and he’s just shared the track “Ambulancer,” which is a blend of psychedelic noisiness, acoustic melodies, and Ranaldo’s dependable vocals — actually, this wouldn’t have sounded that out of place on Sonic Youth records like A Thousand Leaves or Murray Street. Listen to it below.
Last Night On Earth is out 10/8 on Matador.