15 de septiembre de 2013

Through the skin: Body/Head - 'Coming Apart' review (Matador Records, 2013)


Obviously, the actual disintegration of a sprawling group as is Sonic Youth multiplies the published works of its members, ubiquitously restless. What maybe was less obvious (though logical, if we think on her origins) is that Kim Gordon was who deepen musically in the artistic, iconoclastic and contemporary side of Sonic Youth. With Body / Head, her project with guitarist Bill Nace, they explore the passages that the band managed to establish in those remote eighties: plastic intersections of abstract sound that enveloped audience and musicians in a catharsis of physical and mental alienation: body and mind. Drones, riffs and feedback arising from Gordon and Nace guitars are reverential to masters of minimalism like Keiji Haino or Jim O'rourke, by blending into multiple layers with abstract vocal exercises from the sonic lady, in a very brief narrative form, more feminine and near to Yoko Ono implausible cadences than ever. The experimental moments from A Thousand Leaves (Geffen, 1998), NYC Ghosts & Flowers (Geffen, 2000) or the "signature stamp", Sonic Youth Recordings (specially SYR2 and SYR5) pointed what has come now with Coming Apart (Matador, 2013). As in her watercolors or twitter messages painted on canvas, reflective and impatient, intuitive and spontaneous, Gordon (and Body/Head) commitment is directly focused to art and performance, to an expanded kind of sound trying to open some dynamic forces in. And be sure: it's really mysterious and stimulating.



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