For the Sonic Youth legend’s band Body/Head, dark and discordant music feels like a sublime escape.
Kim Gordon has always been into dissonance. Blistering Fenders pressed against the waistband of white glitter shorts. Discordant notes cracking panes of melody. Big art book terms dwarfed by bursts of emotion. It’s arguably the word that best defines Gordon’s body of work—the music, but also her visual art and fashion forays. Four decades of prodigious art-making in opposition to harmony—and sometimes just in opposition. In her 2015 memoir, Girl in a Band, she explains the dissonance in Sonic Youth’s music as a reflection of the world, “Our music was realistic, and dynamic, because life was that way, filled with extremes.”
All of which is why it’s striking that now, at 65, Gordon is pushing dissonance to new extremes. This week, Body/Head, the experimental guitar band she formed in 2012 with Bill Nace, releases its second record, The Switch. It’s comprised of five songs—or, perhaps more accurately, riffs—each its own crackling thunderstorm. Or execution via electric chair. Or excavated city. Suffice to say there are a lot dark images your mind might conjure.
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