"I'm feeling cursed and sore, like, I'm Thurston Moore-like" as Half Man Half Biscuit famously sung on their album 'Trouble Over Bridgwater'. Anyway, 'Demolished Thoughts' is the former Sonic Youth member's third solo studio album which saw him drop the distortion and hypnotic tremolos in favour of acoustic-led indie folk. Beck produced it, and the title derives its name from a legendary hardcore punk split between Faith and Void.
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It's just occurred to me that I've never consciously listened to a Thurston Moore solo album and I'd assume they don't normally sound like 'Demolished Thoughts'. Produced by Beck and very much in the vein of his 'Sea Change' record (I can't stress this point enough), this newie from Mr. Moore is a reflective, laid back affair dominated by acoustic guitars, quiet vocals and layers of warm strings. It's a beautifully serene album that is difficult to pin down in the context of Moore's previous output. Sure, a lot of the songs sound like traditional Sonic Youth arrangements sans the electric instruments but there are some truly distinct moments too. 'Orchard Street' for example bridges the gap between said Youth style and the wildly orchestrated arrangements of a psychedelic Beatles track or a Serge Gainsbourg number. Samara Lubelski (violin) and Mary Lattimore's (harp) contributions make a big difference giving these songs a luxurious, otherworldly vibe that would have been hard to achieve otherwise. Beck's production is incredibly soothing (very Nigel Godrich) and Moore's vocal is always a welcome frequency so, though I'm not blown away, I could happily enjoy 'Demolished Thoughts' a few more times and I'm sure it's longevity will become apparent over time. The idea of the members of Sonic Youth growing old (and I guess dying at some point) is very disconcerting. The idea of them making proper grown up records is even more worrying.
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