Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sonic Youth - Simon Werner a Disparu (SYR, 2011)

I know its difficult to remember but there was a time, long ago, when music described as experimental was just that: fragmented ideas, stream of consciousness, and just plain rambling. The ninth release from Sonic Youth's SYR label reminds me of the youthful exhuberance of musicians messing around.

Although most of the releases on this label have been for abstract, this one marries the two personalities of Sonic Youth. This is a nice blend for those who enjoy the avant garde and both early and later material from the band's three decade long roller coaster ride.

Although this is definitely "SYR Lite", this instrumental score to Fabrice Gobert's teen psycho-drama fits the juvenile and often confusing emotional landscapes the band began their career exploring.

Most of what we get here is various noodling interludes where Thurston heads somewhere with Lee wandering musically, Kim and Steve in tow. Even though that description doesn't sound too stimulating, I honestly enjoy the record.

I'm not recommending you race to your nearest record store to grab it but do check it out at some point. Experimental background music is a rather nice concept.

Get It Here

Or: Simon Werner a disparu (Bande originale du film) - Sonic Youth

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