Famed Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore has announced the release of his ‘Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv’ LP on white vinyl. Originally released in 1995 on CD only in New Zealand, this is the first time these recordings will be available on vinyl. This new edition will be released by London-based Glass Modern Records on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl on November 2.
This album sees Moore paired with free jazz drummer Tom Surgal for a blistering noise set, in keeping with the aesthetic of New Zealand noise label Corpus Hermeticum, who released the original CD. This recording was the start of a budding collaboration between Moore and Surgal that saw them release music together again in 1996, 2000, and 2015, as well as a joint 2000 release with Beck.
Bruce Russell of Corpus Hermeticum and New Zealand outfit Dead C edited these tracks for the new vinyl release, as well as contributing new liner notes.
This lo-fi live performance, recorded in 1994, is candidly charming, revealing Moore’s interest in freeform improvisation. His guitar noise peaks in ways so distinct that many parts could be mistaken for a live recording from Sonic Youth’s heady and chaotic ’80s period.
Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since the time he emerged as an artist. In 1980, he founded Sonic Youth with Kim Gordon, turning on an entire generation to experimental rock n’ roll that defied the status quo. The band’s importance in rock history is undeniable.
Recommended for anyone interested in Thurston Moore’s legacy of avant-garde music and writing, this live album represents an interesting chapter in his musical life, spanning from his Sonic Youth days to his solo work, his varied collaborations and fully out-of-the-box recordings over the years.
Scheduled for release on November 2, ‘Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv’ can now be ordered via Bandcamp. The Thurston Moore Band are touring the U.S. Midwest and East coast in November, with Moore performing with James Sedwards (Nought) on 12-string electric guitar and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) on drums.
1. Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv (Part 1)
2. Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv (Part 2)
3. Phase II
NOV 2 Kingston, NY – BSP KINGSTON
NOV 3 New Haven, CT – Statehouse
NOV 4 Greenfield, MA, USA – The Root Cellar
NOV 6 Philadelphia, PA – RUBA
NOV 9 Minneapolis, MN – Thurston Moore: Moore at 60
NOV 10 Minneapolis, MN – Thurston Moore: Moore at 60
NOV 12 Chicago, IL – Art Institute of Chicago
NOV 15 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere