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Kim Gordon Shares New Solo Song “Murdered Out,” Appears in Carrie Brownstein-Directed Short Film

"Murdered Out" Features Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint

Sep 13, 2016 Sonic Youth Photography by Jamie Brisick Bookmark and Share

Former Sonic Youth icon Kim Gordon has shared a brand new solo song entitled “Murdered Out.” Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira) produced the song, which features Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint on drums. Listen below. Gordon shared a statement about the song, which is also below.

Gordon has also appeared in a new short film, The Realest Real, which has been written and directed by Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia) for KENZO’s fall/winter campaign. The movie premiered during KENZO’s New York Fashion Week show and is a satire of our social media culture that also stars Natasha Lyonne, Laura Harrier, Mahershala Ali, and Rowan Blanchard. It can be watched below.

Gordon’s statement on “Murdered Out”:

“Black matte spray.

When I moved back to LA I noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos, and black wheels. This was something I had occasionally seen in the past, part of low-rider car culture. A reclaiming of a corporate symbol of American success, The Car, from an outsider’s point of view. A statement-making rejection of the shiny brand new look, the idea of a new start, the promise of power, and the freedom on the open road. Like an option on a voting ballot, ‘none of the above.’

‘Murdered Out,’ as a look, is now creeping into mainstream culture as a design trend. A coffee brand. A clothing line. A nail polish color.

Black-on-black matte is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself, the outsider as an unwilling participant as the ‘It’ look.


I met the uber talented Justin Raisen, the producer, offhandedly. He was working on a project with another artist and kept sending me tracks to listen to with the possibility of getting me to sing on one of them. When I learned I could make up my own lyrics, I was in. With the remaining bits of unused vocals, he started what would be ‘Murdered Out.’ Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) plays drums, based on the trashy drums that Justin first laid down. I went back and did more vocals and guitar and we mixed it… ‘Murdered Out’ was such a great surprise! Looking forward to our next collaboration.

Kim Gordon

August 2016”


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