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Thurston Moore

Trees Outside The Academy

It's Thurston's first solo outing since 1995's Psychic Hearts. Of course, Thurston's been releasing records here, there and everywhere, mostly in the context of rowdy and rambunctious noise/improv escapades but this new one is killer diller SONGS! Unlike Psychic Hearts' skeletal trio rock, this new jammer, 12 years post, has a far fuller bouquet of sonic depth and proves this Sonic dude to have a very real songwriting life outside of the legendary Sonic Youth (of which he is a founding figure, duh). This newborn disc is 12 songs long. Thurston recorded primarily on acoustic guitar and bass, laying down the core of the tunes with drummer compatriot Sonic Youth's Steve Shelly and violinist Samara Lubelski, a noted player from MV/EE and The Golden Road, Hall of Fame and other awesome gatherings as well as solo artiste. Most of the tunes are lyric driven but there are a couple of majestic instrumentals like 'Trees Outside The Academy,' which brings the album to a musical and breathless close. There's also some weird cassette tape that Thurston found at his mom's of him at 13 years old in the early '70s making some kind of sound-theatre. It's kinda nuts, and it's the last 'hidden' track. Tracks like 'Frozen Gtr,' 'The Shape Is In A Trance,' 'Silver>Blue,' 'Never Day' and 'Fri/end' (a theme song to the hippest TV show yet to be broadcast) will lead you in to a sparkling and heavy new world of Thurston's heart, mind and soul.
Cat. number: E# 91c
Year: 1970
1   Frozen GTR (4:06)
2   The Shape Is In A Trance (4:39)
3   Honest James (3:49)
4   Silver>Blue (5:51)
5   Fri/End (3:31)
6   American Coffin (3:56)
7   Wonderful Witches + Language Meanies (2:24)
8   Off Work (4:12)
9   Never Day (4:01)
10   Free Noise Among Friends (0:37)
11   Trees Outside The Academy (5:53)
12   Thurston@13 (2:39)