|The Best Day|
Thurston Moore — The Best Day
♣ To je jeho Sonic Valentine. Má tady drtiče Jamese Sedwardse jako bonus. Po přestěhování z New Yorku do Londýna v roce 2013, se Moore spojil se Sedwardsem a hned začal fušovat do hudby v klubech jako duo s ním. "Měl vrozený pohled na mé hraní, což může být dost neobvyklé," vzpomíná Moore a uznává, že to byl Sedwardsův nápad později přivést Googea do stáda. Jak je pro Thurstona typické, vokální melodie na The Best Day jsou většinou "afterthoughts", tedy obvykle jen bezstarostně následují kytarové party. Naštěstí tento nedostatek je minimalizována tím, že většina riffů, poskytovaných prostřednictvím engineeringu, attacku duální kytary, jsou excellentní. Sedwards je vynikajícím sparring–partnerem Moora, tlačí ho z jeho klasického rocku orientovaného hraní na "The Best Day" a "Germs Burn." Ale Sedwards a Moore má více než jeden kolektivní trik v rukávu, o čemž evidentně svědčí i otevřená "Speak to the Wild," kytarové dunění proložené synchronizovanými harmoniemi, a zejména instrumentální "Grace Lake", která prochází řadou riffáží.
♣ Je zřejmé, že osobní krize a rozpad manželství ho nevzdálil od hmatníku. Jinými slovy, zdá se, že Moore je nastaven na životní prostředí, aniž to očekával a předstíral, na perfektní arénu pro umělecký reset uprostřed časově ne tak vzdáleného nedávné negativního ohlasu v tisku.
Born: 25 July 1958 in Coral Gables, FL ~ Bethel, CT
Location: London, UK
Album release: October 21st 2014
Record Label: Matador Records
01. Speak To The Wild 8:29
02. Forevermore 11:13
03. Tape 5:52
04. The Best Day 4:30
05. Detonation 2:55
06. Vocabularies 4:30
07. Grace Lake 6:52
08. Germs Burn 5:52
℗ 2014 Matador
♣ Thurston Moore guitars, voice
♣ Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) drums
♣ Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine) bass
♣ James Sedwards (Nought) guitar
BY JEREMY WINOGRAD ON OCTOBER 5, 2014; SCORE: ****
♣ Thurston Moore's last two albums served, as so many solo efforts for rock frontmen do, as outlets for him to explore his quieter side. But aside from a couple of 12-string acoustic drone meditations, The Best Day, his first outing since Sonic Youth went on indefinite hiatus in 2011, finds him playing energized, accessible guitar rock that retains many elements of SY's inimitable sprawl. His crack backup band — composed of SY drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine's Debbie Googe on bass, and second guitarist James Sedwards — is too hard–driving to tolerate Moore's tiresome experimental drone tendencies for very long, so even on the long songs, of which there are, characteristically, several, the proceedings rarely grow ponderous. Even the 11–minute "Forevermore" aims more for "hard-hitting" than "hypnotic"; the guitar licks are meaty, propulsive, never aimless. The title track is particularly punchy, booking along on sharp–edged riffs, with Moore coming out from under his bangs to sing about "the man with the lust for life." He takes his newfound swagger a little too far on the all–attitude, no–melody "Detonation," but overall The Best Day is just the right amount of confident.
♣ As is typical with Moore, the vocal melodies on The Best Day are mostly afterthoughts that usually just blithely follow the guitar parts. Fortunately, this weakness is minimized by the fact that most of the riffs, rendered via a pristinely engineered dual-guitar attack, are excellent. Sedwards is a superb sparring partner for Moore, pushing him toward some of his more classic rock–oriented playing in recent memory on "The Best Day" and "Germs Burn." But Sedwards and Moore have more than one trick up their collective sleeve, as evidenced by the opening tour de force, "Speak to the Wild," what with its thudding guitar interspersed with synchronized harmonics, and especially the instrumental "Grace Lake," which runs through an array of riffage, from sun–splashed, quick–note plucking that sounds like it could have been on the Meat Puppets' second album to heavy power chording. It's clear from these invigorating workouts that a midlife crisis and the breakup of both his marriage and band did nothing to rob Moore of his way with the fretboard. :: http://www.slantmagazine.com/
By DOUG MOSUROCK, October 12, 201411:03 PM ET
♣ It’s been a busy few years for Thurston Moore, not all of which has to do with his art. The dissolution of Sonic Youth, triggered by Moore’s separation from Kim Gordon, sent that band’s members in their own separate directions, sparking murmurs of personal unrest — and the occasional blurt of insensitivity — in interviews. All of which is a natural response to the rupture of a beloved band, where all the members are nearby and have ties outside the group holding them together. Everyone winds up taking a side.
♣ The Best Day, no matter how distant, seems to be Moore’s first real shot at addressing some of these issues. Retreating from both woodsy, mature folk (2007’s Trees Outside The Academy, 2011’s Demolished Thoughts) and the wild punk/noise bombast of last year’s Chelsea Light Moving album, The Best Day is almost calming in its familiarity, particularly as it recalls a minor–key update of SY’s well–loved late–’90s salvo A Thousand Leaves. Even–handed and steady, repetitious and assured, these eight songs encourage the listener to peer inside, where the details of his decisions lie in wait.
♣ A two–bar calibration between Moore and guitarist James Sedwards kicks off “Speak To The Wild,” and is repeated right before the coda, almost like a test tone to bring the song’s lengthy buildup and considerate construction into the greater focus required to unpack the development of “Forevermore.” Opening up over the course of 11 minutes and change, Moore crafts The Best Day‘s longest piece around romantic, possessive lyrics shot through with Catholic imagery. Is this an arch burndown of a love song, written to exorcise his past, or a 30–year reminder that love and its dark underbelly exist on opposite sides of the same alluring plane? As “Forevermore” plows forward — anchored by longtime collaborator Steve Shelley on drums and My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe on bass — keys change, melodies are copied, mutated and withdrawn, and certainty is winnowed down to what listeners can count within themselves.
♣ Elsewhere, the post–punk rocker “Detonation” could pass for Moore’s clearest response to rumors and hearsay about his personal life; it’s couched in metaphors regarding social protest and informants that break it all up under the guise of what he calls “clandestinity.” The decaying autumnal duality of “Tape” (more closely hewing to Led Zeppelin’s epic “The Battle Of Evermore” than anything in Sonic Youth’s past) and the ever-darkening “Vocabularies” (chugging along in a tricky time signature) make The Best Day a record of the windy season, as Moore finds new life amid the dried thorns and dead leaves. “Start a fire, stop a fight,” Moore barks in “Germs Burn,” and for the first time since his debut solo album Psychic Hearts, he’s made one to celebrate the post–harvest, pre–winter chill. The anger of similar efforts like SY’s Bad Moon Rising has been burned off in a brush pile, leaving only the sweet smoke of longer nights and colder climates. As a statement of purpose, Moore sounds ready to move forward into the next phase of his life. :: http://www.npr.org/
BY JON PUTNAM, 15 OCTOBER 2014, 09:30 BST; SCORE: 6.5/10
By ALY COMINGORE, Thursday, October 2, 2014 :: http://www.independent.com/news/2014/oct/02/thurston-moores-best-day-ever/
♣ Though his discography is littered with dozens of explorations in noise, improv side projects, and collaborations with other fringe–dwelling artists, Sonic Youth main man Thurston Moore's most visible solo offerings are spare and often with years between them. The moody guitar rock daydream of 1995's Psychic Hearts didn't see a proper follow–up until 2007's Trees Outside the Academy. The Beck–produced 2011 effort Demolished Thoughts was decidedly more subdued, offering up whisper–thin acoustic folk and a more toned–down take on the type of instrumental experimentation Moore began crafting with Sonic Youth back in the early '80s. The Best Day stands as the next major chapter in Moore's body of song–friendly solo work and returns to his signature songwriting style and meditative, sprawling guitar rock deconstruction. The album begins with bell–like guitar harmonics on "Speak to the Wild," but immediately launches into a lurching, creepy rhythm and building tension, recalling some of the more eerie moments of the Sonic Youth catalog circa Dirty or Murray Street. The lengthy, clattering "Forevermore" immediately follows the eight–plus–minute opening track, stretching The Best Day's first third over just two songs and setting up a rolling, mysterious backdrop of repetitive, lingering guitar wails for Moore's distant poetic lyrical wordplay. Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley plays on most of the record, adding a relentlessly simple but unignorable propulsive element to the tunes. There are dips into spellbinding acoustics on tunes like "Vocabularies" and "Tape," as well as driving punk on the sneery "Detonation." The Best Day comes nearly 20 years after Moore's official solo debut, Psychic Hearts, but the minimal, pushy rhythm and guitar interplay of "Germs Burn" and noisy clouds of feedback that break down "Grace Lake" could have fit nicely on that album. That's not to say he's simply been retreading ideas since the mid–'90s. The swaggering blues wobble of the title track and witchy acoustics that pop up throughout the album are all relatively new territory, but when Moore hits his stride with strange, dreamlike fits of guitar chaos, unconventional changes, and unflinching rhythms, all the elements of his very singular style come into full focus. While the newer additions to Thurston's muse are all well and good, The Best Day is most exciting when he returns to his most familiar trademarks, again investigating a sound that has spawned generations of imitators but still sounds like no one else.
♣ The Best Day, Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, radiates with both his signature dynamism of dense thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads. Recorded with Thurston's current band line–up of James Sedwards (guitars, UK), Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine, bass, UK) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, drums, USA), there are also a some tracks that feature all instrumentation by Thurston.
♣ The Best Day is a record defined by positivity and radical love. The songs range from opener "Speak to the Wild", a Crazy Horse–like paean to anti–authority and activism, to "Vocabularies", a paean to a new realization of language which includes ALL people, including transgender.
♣ Thurston Moore commences touring Summer 2014 with his album line–up of James Sedwards, Deb Googe and Steve Shelley in USA, UK, Europe, and Asia.
♣ Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. He is the founder and ringleader of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n' roll — from its inspiration on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006.
♣ Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing annually at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974.
♣ Demolished Thoughts
♣ Sex Pistols
♣ Pere Ubu
♣ John Zorn
♣ Glenn Branca
♣ Lou Reed
♣ Richard Lloyd
♣ Greg Ginn
♣ James Williamson
♣ Silver Apples
♣ Neil Young
♣ Although a key member of the critically acclaimed art/punk rock band Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore has also been involved in numerous side projects, including the Dim Stars with Richard Hell and Even Worse. His first solo album, Psychic Hearts (recorded during and immediately after his wife and Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon's pregnancy in 1994), with ex–Half Japanese guitarist Tim Foljahn and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, had an appropriately offhand feel but was far from sloppy. Along with carrying Sonic Youth into the 2000s, Moore collaborated with artists including DJ Spooky and Nels Cline, wrote music reviews and other pieces for Arthur magazine, and issued a book, Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, in 2005. His second song–based album, Trees Outside of the Academy, arrived in 2007, and featured largely acoustic arrangements and cameos by Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Samara Lubelski, and Moore's fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley. In 2010, Moore guested on the Hat City Intuitive's A Ticket for Decay and began laying the foundation for another solo effort, Demolished Thoughts, which appeared the following year. Following Moore's separation from lifelong bandmate, wife, and partner Kim Gordon in late 2011, Sonic Youth's future became incredibly uncertain and put on indefinite pause. Despite the unclear circumstances surrounding their split, Moore and Gordon worked in collaboration with Yoko Ono the following year on the album YOKOKIMTHURSTON. By 2012, Moore had begun touring and recording with new act Chelsea Light Moving, as well as joining black metal group Twilight on guitar. The year 2013 saw the release of @, a collaborative album of sax/guitar improvisations with fellow N.Y.C. fringe dweller John Zorn. 2014's The Best Day saw Moore shedding the softer, acoustic moods of Demolished Thoughts for a return to his signature rock sprawl and daydreamy lyrics.
♣ Thurston Moore a jeho neuvěřitelně talentovaná kapela složená z Jamese Sedwardse z NOUGHT (kytara), Deb Googe, původně My Bloody Valentine (basa) a Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, bicí), na turné na podporu svého nového alba The Best Day debutoval 21.října na Matador Records. Moore začal set s "Forever", pomalým a hypnotickým nahromaděním éterických zvonkohrou kytar, zkreslením a těžkou basovou linkou, pak přesahuje do čistého rokenrolového tempa, které se pohybovalo v davu na úroveň psychedelického šílenství. Na konci otvíráku, někdo z davu vykřikl: "To je to nejlepší 15minutová píseň všech dob!"
♠ Moore, jak je to zřejmé, spoluzakladatel Sonic Youth, neustále posouvá hranice experimentálního alternativního rocku, přenáší své stoupence z místa na místo, spolu s magical mix of familiar grooves.
|The Best Day|