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It’s supergroup time again! This time round we’ve got veteran Sonic Youthite Thurston Moore joining forces with Keith “Hush Arbors” Wood on second guitar, John “Pegasus” Moloney on drums, and regular Moore collaborator Samara “Samara Lubelski” Lubelski womanning the bass. A classy line-up I’m sure you’ll agree.
Since SY went on hiatus, Thurston seems to have been indulging his more indiepop side in his solo work, and that thread continues here on many of the tracks, with ‘Sleeping Where I Fall’ exuding a carefree Pavement-esque bounce, but just when you think you’re getting comfortable there’s an epic and thunderous stoner stomper called ‘Alighted’ with fat chunky riffs and Thurston drawling out a louche Fu Manchu-esque vocal over dirty repetitive grooves until it breaks down into a barrage of guitar crunch and amp rumble before knocking your socks off with a last hard blast of the chorus.
In fact as the album progresses this mix of stoner noise rock and indiepop continues in an indulgently fun procession of crunchy and carefree guitar hits, later settling into a glam-punk stomp on tracks like ‘Lip’ and ‘Burroughs’ (whose midsection’s repeato-noise freak out is one of many highlights scattered through the record). The way they mix pop structures and noise rock sometimes reminds me a little of Torche, but this revolves around more gritty slacker-fuzz grooves and bratty punk posturing than their whip-tight metal riffing and soaring vocals. Either way, this is four brilliant musicians having lots of fun making a hard rock record. It’s really good.
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