10 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone who’s familiar with the extreme No Wave ends of Sonic Youth will find comfort in Kim Gordon’s challenging new duo, Body/Head, with guitarist Bill Nace. Like many band-member projects outside of Sonic Youth's scope, Body/Head aims for the experimental edge, where songs are eliminated in favor of loud, feedback-heavy tonal creations that traditional pop music fans might call noise. Yet for those willing to take the difficult ride, there’s a cathartic, cinematic abrasiveness that builds in tension. (Gordon names French iconoclast and filmmaker Catherine Breillat as someone also working along rarely investigated lines.) “Last Mistress” and “Actress” blurt with anger. “Untitled” takes a breather before the unsparing drones, moans, and digital loop static and horn-honking blare of “Everything Left” takes off. “Can’t Help You” comes nears the idea of a conventional song before finding its tonal center. And then there’s the final half-hour, which consists of “Black” (as in “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair”) and the pitch-dark, emulsifying “Frontal,” where Gordon chants, wails, and moans over societal taboos. Powerful.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone who’s familiar with the extreme No Wave ends of Sonic Youth will find comfort in Kim Gordon’s challenging new duo, Body/Head, with guitarist Bill Nace. Like many band-member projects outside of Sonic Youth's scope, Body/Head aims for the experimental edge, where songs are eliminated in favor of loud, feedback-heavy tonal creations that traditional pop music fans might call noise. Yet for those willing to take the difficult ride, there’s a cathartic, cinematic abrasiveness that builds in tension. (Gordon names French iconoclast and filmmaker Catherine Breillat as someone also working along rarely investigated lines.) “Last Mistress” and “Actress” blurt with anger. “Untitled” takes a breather before the unsparing drones, moans, and digital loop static and horn-honking blare of “Everything Left” takes off. “Can’t Help You” comes nears the idea of a conventional song before finding its tonal center. And then there’s the final half-hour, which consists of “Black” (as in “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair”) and the pitch-dark, emulsifying “Frontal,” where Gordon chants, wails, and moans over societal taboos. Powerful.

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About Body/Head

Following the end of Sonic Youth, one of the projects Kim Gordon embarked on was Body/Head, a collaboration with respected experimental rock guitarist Bill Nace, who has also played with Chris Corsano as Vampire Belt, as well as with Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty, and Thurston Moore. The duo's free-flowing noise rock offered a more streamlined, updated version of Gordon's no wave roots and debuted in 2011 with Fractured Orgasm, a limited-edition cassette released by Ecstatic Peace. The following year, Body/Head issued a pair of recordings on the Belgian label Ultra Eczema, the single The Eyes, the Mouth/Night of the Ocean and a cover of the standard "Fever" for a compilation. Glare Luring Yo, a live album documenting a show with the like-minded Gate (a project of the Dead C's Michael Morley) also arrived that year on Feeding Tube. The band's full-length debut, 2013's Coming Apart, was a double album that offered a slightly more polished version of Body/Head's abstract approach. The following year, Gordon and Nace issued the 7" The Show Is Over/The Canyon. They returned in 2016 with No Waves, a collection of excerpts from their set at the 2014 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. ~ Heather Phares

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