Lee Ranaldo

Electric Trim

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The earnest spirit of Sonic Youth resides within Lee Ranaldo's soul. Yet, it is his heart that he pours out in his first album since 2013, Electric Trim. 

Yielding the most refined post-Sonic Youth album, Ranaldo discovers a new path heavily influenced by the years of contemplative study of The Grateful Dead. "Thrown over the Wall" charts the familiar territory of space while the melodies expand across the terrain with splashes of vibrant colors.

Recorded in both Barcelona and NYC, a convergence of the two cities' settings can be found throughout, but none more so than Ranaldo's duet with Sharon Van Etten on "Last Looks." Van Etten's voice complements the ethereal wrangling of Ranaldo's guitar overture, permitting plenty of space for her distinct voice to lend itself to Electric Trim's vision.

Long-time band mate Steve Shelley's performance feels reminiscent to his work on Sonic Youth's Murray Street, while Nels Cline's contributions elicit a response to Ranaldo's pastoral vision for Electric Trim.

The album's lead single, "Circular (Right as Rain)," underscores a rural vibe from an artist deeply rooted in his city's crashing sounds that a low, but firm, hum patches the contrasting tones together. And Van Etten's backing vocals beg for a Ranaldo/Van Etten full-length collaboration in the very near future. (www.sonicyouth.com/symu/lee/)

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