The Track Is The Former Sonic Youth Bassist/Vocalist’s First Release Under Her Own Name.
Kim Gordon, of Body/Head and formerly of Sonic Youth, has released a one off solo single called ‘Murdered Out’. The thudding, moody industrial track is inspired by Gordon’s move back to her native Los Angeles, where she spotted the common use of black-on-black matte spray on cars, windows, logos and wheels in the low rider community.
“I was interested in how [black matte spray] is a subliminal way of X-ing yourself out of the culture,” the Body/Head guitarist told Rolling Stone. “It’s intentionally restrictive; it reclaims something that’s shiny, fetishistic, what was once a driving force of American production and part of L.A. culture – the car. [Black matte spray] is away saying that there’s nothing in mainstream culture for you.”
The track, with it’s industrial screeches and motorik drum beat provided by Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, gives the track an imposing and foreboding atmosphere. Anchored by a slinky bass line and Gordon’s distinctive vocal, the track slithers and snakes it’s way through a controlled use of feedback to create a chaotic but focused noise.
Apparently producer Justin Raisen hooked her on the project by enabling Gordon to add her own lyrics to an unused piece of music. “The song was aesthetically more goth than I’m comfortable with,” Gordon said. She added lead and background vocals and her signature needling guitar to the mix. “I didn’t like the lyrics so I made up my own. It was a really freeing way to work – a conversation, really. Like an option on a voting ballot, ‘none of the above’ [Black matte] is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself.”
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