Ahead of the release of a brand new album, his first for Mute, Lee Ranaldo has shared the video for ‘Moroccan Mountains’, the opening track from Electric Trim which is due out on September 15th.
In addition, Ranaldo has confirmed two Rough Trade in stores, in New York tonight, and at London’s Rough Trade East on Monday 2 October plus a full band European tour for 2018. Before then, Ranaldo and the band will tour across North America this year.
“Moroccan Mountains was begun sitting atop a blood-red carpet with yellow mountain shapes woven into it that was brought back from Fes on my first trip there in 1995,” Ranaldo explained. “I was strumming the chords that became the song and those mountain shapes took me back to my first trip to the country and into the Rif Mountains where I first met and played with the Master Musicians of Jajouka, in their little hilltop village with no running water or electricity.
“Somehow those memories infused a certain ‘Moroccan spirit’ into the song. It was a magical time, for Morocco is a magical place, and I found myself transported back via the chords from my guitar. The opening spoken section about ‘falling into the crack between the window and the world’ is based on true events that took place on a train approaching Grenoble, France in 2015…”
Here it is: