Years ago, former Sonic Youth bassist and chanteuse Kim Gordon wore a green t-shirt with black adhesive lettering declaring that girls invented punk rock, not England. Today, we can officially declare that Gordon has created the best post-Sonic Youth record, not her ex-husband Thurston Moore.
The first record to be released with her nom de naissance, “Murdered Out,” the 63-year-old American icon’s one-off single is also a favored candidate for 2016’s song of the year. This is not hyperbole. Gordon continues to grow artistically, given the recent development of her intoxicating two-piece post-guitar band Body/Head, as well as her Alex Knost collaboration Glitterbust. “Murdered Out,” however, revisits the brutish veneer crafted on Sonic Youth’s 1992 album Dirty while she turns her back on the significance of her past, finding new ways to convey the world’s current state of anxiety, hostility and uncertainty.
According to Gordon, Producer Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX) had sent tracks to her before, but Raisen received little response from the punk rock icon. The freedom to construct her own lyrics over the tracks convinced Gordon to reconsider. “When I learned I could make up my lyrics, I was in,” says Gordon via Matador Records’ Matablog.
The dense, hyper-fuzzed riff layered over Warpaint’s full-time drummer Stella Mozgawa’s hypnotic, yet impenetrable beat creates a murky backdrop for Gordon’s dizzying and terrifying vocal delivery. Gordon bends her notes into a cry that is more a warning than a cry for help.
For now, this one-off begs for further collaboration with Raisen. Gordon reveals in a burst of excitement that she is looking forward to their next collaboration. So are we, Kim. So are we.
Listen to “Murdered Out” below.