Sonic Youth recently road tested some of The Eternal in South America and since then have been working on a bunch of projects that actually have nothing to do with their much-anticipated Matador debut. Thurston Moore curated one of Spencer Sweeney & Stereogum’s Santa’s Sessions and laid down guitar and vocals on Jemina Pearl’s new album. He and the rest of SY then hooked up with John Paul Jones to score Nearly Ninety, a new production from legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. Their energy remains eternal.
Kim’s “What’s it like to be a girl in a band?/ I don’t quite understand/ That’s so quaint to hear/ I feel so faint, my dear” is one of a handful of memorable lines from the possibly black metal influenced “Sacred Trickster.” As promised, it also delivers “heavy ass weirdo hooks.” Here’s Matador’s setup:
“Sacred Trickster” is a 2:10 out-of-the gate hardcore matinee track with Kim singing salutes to French painter Yves Klein and Western Massachusetts noise artist Noise Nomads. It sets the tone for The Eternal, which comprises twelve tunes that are a fireworks display of Sonic Youth touchstones. From the primal no wave attack of its earliest days, to the radical chording and song structures of its ’90s period, to the more focused and contemporary explorations of the last five years. This their 16th album, and their first for the Matador label, consolidates their move to a more lush, sensual sound as displayed on last album Rather Ripped – but if anything punchier and cleaner, and now backstopped by the addition of Mark Ibold (Pavement, Dustdevils) on bass.
But wait, there’s more! The band plays a (no longer) secret show in London next week (tickets on sale tomorrow AM) and have just been confirmed for the MBV-curated ATP Nightmare Before Christmas. Those outside of England should stay tuned for an imminent US summer tour announcement, but we know it will include a stop at NY’s No Fun Fest 5/16.
The Eternal is out 6/9 on Matador and comes with lots of goodies as part of the label’s Buy Early Get Now series.
YouTube has this helpful recap for the Merce Cunningham gig at BAM, which is great since we’re not a dance blog (yet).