Thurston Moore/John Moloney: Caught On Tape: Full Bleed (Northern Spy, 2015)

January 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Thurston Moore/John Moloney: Caught On Tape: Full Bleed

Thurston Moore/John Moloney: Caught On Tape: Full Bleed

Thurston’s saving his songwriter-y albums for Matador, but he’s still doing noise albums for other labels. This is a bunch of jam sessions with drummer John Moloney. He plays some particularly fuzzy metal-like distorted guitar, which also lapses into ear-piercing high-pitched feedback. Likewise, Moloney’s rhythms switch from doomy sludge to cacophonous free-jazz splatter with nary a moment’s notice. The album was recorded in one session in one day, and it definitely has a spontaneous jam-session feel. As such, there are no highlights, it all sort of ebbs and flows, but any track will be a good jolt of energy into your show. The only real exception is :Arguing With A Balloon”, which is a little bit more atmospheric and meandering. Also “Dispute” starts out with exaggerated metal riffs, but then gets more SY-ish in the middle, then back to more blown-out metal.

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