Thurston Moore’s forthcoming release Rock n Roll Consciousness is set for release on April 28th, via Caroline International. The album was recorded with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, The Pop Group) at The Church studios in Crouch End, London and mixed by Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle, Washington.
Today, Moore shares the first single off the record, titled “Smoke of Dreams”. A song that focuses on the contemplative mystery of life-defining time travel which sees Thurston recalling a New York City where spirits informed artists seeking poems of beatitude and sonic prayers of joy and wild wonder.
The songs Thurston wrote for Rock n Roll Consciousness were brought to life and galvanized by the tight bond of friendship amongst the musicians, a line-up with which he’s been working since 2014: Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine, Snowpony) bass, James Sedwards (Nøught, Chrome Hoof) guitar and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Crucifucks) drums.
“Exalted”, with lyrics by poet Radio Radieux, is an unfolding and emotional journey in homage to sacred energy and exaltation – a drug-infused visit from sacred womyn, sibyls, prophetesses, oracles, and goddesses reclaiming consciousness.
“Cusp” is a springtime charging, propulsive singing, moving march of noise and layered harmonics, with a feeling of Sonic Youth mixed with My Bloody Valentine. Radio Radieux’ lyrics (with background vocals by Deb Googe) evoke the bliss of total love where all dangers subside and creative power engages trans-mind energy.
“Turn On” is a pop-sonic poem to holy love both intimate and cosmic – a patient, yet driving song, which opens space for lead guitar extensions by James Sedwards.
“Aphrodite”, a strange and heavy No wave rocker in salutation to the icon of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation, enumerates tools beyond the consciousness: electric guitars, the power of mind, imagination, will and intention to practice magick. Thurston sings of spells and possession as he and James pick up energies from string sorcery in a true group séance. Steve Shelley transmits the power of the symbolic into actual shimmering cymbal resonance and Deb Googe’s bass weaves a mesmeric psychic shaping – all in service to the mystic song.
Rock n Roll Consciousness is a new and exhilarating chapter for Thurston Moore and promises to be a creative highpoint for anyone interested in his legacy of avant-garde music and writing. Serious, precocious yet strangely accessible, Rock n Roll Consciousness is as strong a statement as anything he has recorded these last three decades: from Sonic Youth, the band he founded in 1980, to his solo work ranging from 1995’s Psychic Hearts album, to the Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts album of 2011, as well as his myriad collaborations and completely outside-the-margin recordings on a litany of labels (as detailed in author Nick Soulsby’s new investigative book We Sing A New Language – The Oral Discography of Thurston Moore).
The Thurston Moore Group commence touring springtime 2017 featuring the line-up of James Sedwards, Deb Googe and Steve Shelley in USA, UK, Europe, Asia and beyond.
The North American Tour Dates
May 8 – Vancouver, BC – The Imperial
May 9 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 10 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
May 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom
May 14 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
May 17 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
May 18 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
May 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Rock n Roll Consciousness
1. Exalted (music: Thurston Moore / lyrics: Radio Radieux)
2. Cusp (music: Thurston Moore / lyrics: Radio Radieux)
3. Turn On (music & lyrics: Thurston Moore)
4. Smoke of Dreams (music & lyrics: Thurston Moore)
5. Aphrodite (music: Thurston Moore / lyrics: Radio Radieux & Thurston Moore)