Vinyl LP £18.99 OLE10421
LP on Matador (Kim Gordon + Bill Nace).
CD £9.49 OLE10422
CD on Matador (Kim Gordon + Bill Nace).
Body/Head, in case you’ve not been reading Elle lately, is Kim Gordon’s first post-Sonic Youth musical offering. I’m approaching it with caution because it’s a collaboration with noise guitarist Bill Nace and Gordon’s been pretty open about approaching this from the context of her artistic background so obviously we can expect something pretty confrontational here.
Perhaps it’s my warped inner worst-case-scenarios of Kim going full Yoko on us working in the album’s favour, but actually this is not nearly so much of a slog as I had feared. The two of them share guitar duties while Kim mumbles, sings and twitters over the top. The songs are meandering no-wavey improvisations with hypnotic, spluttering guitar weirdness drifting ominously over those distinctive flat and louche vocals, which are often also heavily effected.
In truth it does go a bit Yoko in places but the crackling promitivist crunch keeps things driving along at a fair pace. It’s an interesting mix of arty lo-fi distorto-splatter like Harry Pussy and improvised avant-pop, varying from introspective meandering to cathartic chaos. It may alienate people who want more straight-ahead indie rock like Thurston’s been peddling post-SY, but those with a taste for the noisy and weird shouldn’t be shy about checking this one out.
7/10 Rob Gannon 8th September 2013
"Body/Head is a raw concentration of abstract style at the point the conventional disintegrates into the experimental. "
Read the full review here: http://www.sicmagazine.net/6297/bodyhead-coming-apart/
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