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Sonic Youth guitar genius Thurston Moore ping-pongs — in his “spare” time — between coaxing his instrument to produce ungodly experimental sounds and making folky, Sonic Youth-goes-indie-pop music. Demolished Thoughts is closer to Moore’s acoustic flavored Trees Outside the Academy than to 2008’s unsettling Sensitive/Lethal, and is, in fact, surprisingly delicate in tone. The record eschews electric guitars for 6- and 12-strings, and with scant percussion and an abundance of violin and harp, it evokes the music of Nick Drake in its most intimate moments. Produced by Beck, Demolished Thoughts is a mature, deeply thoughtful and heartfelt musical artwork that benefits most from focused listening, at least on the first couple of plays. Songs like the achingly gorgeous “Benediction” and “Illuminine” are graceful and hushed, with strings and airy spaces as critical as Moore’s carefully plied guitar notes. Now and again, a song like “Circulation” or “Orchard Street” hints at a Sonic Youth palette, with a brooding melody or dark, descending guitar lines; these tracks might be amazing S.Y. songs in another life. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sonic Youth guitar genius Thurston Moore ping-pongs — in his “spare” time — between coaxing his instrument to produce ungodly experimental sounds and making folky, Sonic Youth-goes-indie-pop music. Demolished Thoughts is closer to Moore’s acoustic flavored Trees Outside the Academy than to 2008’s unsettling Sensitive/Lethal, and is, in fact, surprisingly delicate in tone. The record eschews electric guitars for 6- and 12-strings, and with scant percussion and an abundance of violin and harp, it evokes the music of Nick Drake in its most intimate moments. Produced by Beck, Demolished Thoughts is a mature, deeply thoughtful and heartfelt musical artwork that benefits most from focused listening, at least on the first couple of plays. Songs like the achingly gorgeous “Benediction” and “Illuminine” are graceful and hushed, with strings and airy spaces as critical as Moore’s carefully plied guitar notes. Now and again, a song like “Circulation” or “Orchard Street” hints at a Sonic Youth palette, with a brooding melody or dark, descending guitar lines; these tracks might be amazing S.Y. songs in another life. 

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About Thurston Moore

Along with his work as part of the acclaimed art/punk rock band Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore also pursued numerous solo and side projects, including Even Worse and the Dim Stars with Richard Hell. His first solo album, 1994's Psychic Hearts, featuring 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 Shelley, Samara Lubelski, and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis. 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 bandmate, wife, and partner Kim Gordon in late 2011, Sonic Youth was put on indefinite pause. Nevertheless, Moore and Gordon collaborated 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. Arriving in 2014, The Best Day saw Moore shedding the softer acoustic moods of Demolished Thoughts for a return to his signature rock sprawl and daydreamy lyrics. Two years later, he issued the single "Feel It in Your Guts," which was available to anyone who donated to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. For 2017's Rock n Roll Consciousness, Moore reunited with his backing band for The Best Day -- Sonic Youth drummer Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and Nought guitarist James Sedwards -- on a mystically inspired set of songs. ~ Heather Phares

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