Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo forms new band; hear first single "Lecce

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Lee Ranaldo, who I guess we’re going to have to start referring to as “former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo,” was the first SY member to go back to the solo-album well after the band’s apparent implosion; he released Between The Time And The Tides last year. And now, Ranaldo’s got a new band, Lee Ranaldo And The Dust, which also features the former SY drummer Steve Shelly, as well as guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim Lüntzel. (The fact that both Ranaldo and Shelly are involved means that this is the closest thing we now have to Sonic Youth; think about that.) The band’s debut album Last Night On Earth is set to arrive this fall, and first since “Lecce, Leaving” is a splintered seven-minute jangle that has some of the same shambling majesty as the Randaldo-fronted Sonic Youth songs. Listen below.

Last Night On Earth is out 10/8 on Matador.

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