Album Review: Chelsea light moving self-titled (self titled)

Jewelry Franz, contributor

Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving has just released its eponymous debut. It’s his first project since Sonic Youth announced an “indefinite hiatus.” The sound is really dissonant and raw, coupled with throwback punk moments and atonal, noisy spoken word pieces. You get the feeling Moore has put his soul into this record.

Much of the lyrical content consists of stories and bits of history about New York and avant-garde artists in the ‘60s. “Empires of Time” is about Roky Erickson, the duly revered pioneer

of psychedelic rock band 13th Floor Elevators. “Frank O’Hara Hit,” a song with beautiful, yet dissonant chords Thurston does so well, is about a poet who died on Thurston’s birthday, July 25th. “Groovy & Linda” is inspired by a New York murder in the fall of 1967 involving two hippies and LSD.

Having been involved in the music industry for over 30 years, Moore has become one of the great avant-garde artists of our time. “Chelsea Light Moving” seems a logical step in a constantly evolving, brilliant career.

Rating: 12 out of 12 cans of PBR 

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