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Review of Kim Gordon: swaggering delights from a musician who refuses to compromise

Kim Gordon has chosen an uncompromising route since Sonic Youth’s unexpected separation in 2011. This isn’t unexpected; her aggressive vocals were always one of the most difficult aspects of the group’s Avant-rock arsenal. Gordon has also embraced ambient improvisation with Bill Nace as Body/Head, teamed up with surfer Alex Knost as abstract noises Glitterbust, and combined acerbic blank verse with loops, basslines, and feedback for her debut solo album, 2019’s No Home Record, in addition to writing an unflinching memoir, Girl in a Band, and refocusing a previously sidelined visual art career. It appears like reliving former glory is not her style.

Gordon has had time to dwell within these songs, and her new band has had time to flesh out its oppositional grooves, thanks to the Covid-imposed wait in putting No Home Record on the road. Gordon’s band – guitarist Sarah Register, bassist Camilla Charlesworth, and drummer Madison Vogt – give a wild, human energy to No Home Record’s machine sound. They locate a dark, swaggering punk-rock within Air BnB, then glower discreetly as elemental drum machines rattle like trap music on Paprika Pony, chugging like a no-wave jam band.

Gordon, a noir-ish figure in pearlescent shirt and black cravat, masterfully mauls her guitar and growls like the bastard offspring of Iggy Pop and Alan Vega, is always the focal point. She doesn’t appear to be resting on her substantial reputation as an underground figurehead built over decades. Instead, Gordon is restless, channeling traumas on Murdered Out’s heavy industrial slither and turning the male gaze inside-out on Hungry Baby’s gloomy glam-stomp. There are lovely moments: Earthquake’s dreamy ambient glide; DNA’s no-wave cornerstone Blonde Redhead’s joyous thrash. However, the majority of these tracks feel like exposed nerves, like shorted electrical lines about to catch fire. Gordon climbs her amp and slams her guitar at the wall to euphoric cheers on the concluding Grass Jeans, which is vehemently dedicated to “the, uh, American ‘democracy experiment,'” and the subsequent noise-out is cathartic and wonderful.

Kim Gordon is on tour in the United Kingdom till May 26.

Source: ghnewsfile.com

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