Former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore has released a new sprawling 10-minutes guitar instrumental, ‘Sketch of Light’.
The new material, vast in exploration as Moore flexes his creative muscles once more, comes with this accompanying poem:
“Church bells tolling
All she reads
No fools no rules
Believe be free
At the end of the day
She began to see
Blue skies ahead,”
The looping, esoteric track is everything you’d expect from Moore: scuzzy in all the right places, deeply melodic, highly unorthodox, and carrying a strange sort of beauty. It’s impossible to tell, but from the chord tones that he’s playing, it almost seems like the guitar Moore is holding might be in *gasp* standard tuning. This unverifiable and frankly baseless accusation takes nothing away from the hypnotic lines that the legendary alt-rock musician barrels through. Moore is easily one of those characters who can sit down, improvise anything that comes to his mind, and just put it out for fun, knowing full well he’s got a ravenous group of superfans willing to eat it up. Including me. Damn you, Thurston.
Moore has kept himself fairly busy in the past year, and his Bandcamp appears to be the place to follow him if you’re a fan. Aside from his more “polished” solo LP By the Fire, which features My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, Nought guitarist James Sedwards, and old pal/Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, and the swirling instrumental album Screen Time, Moore has been releasing bits and pieces of new music as the mood strikes him, unencumbered by press cycles or a strong desire to promote them. It seems like Moore just does what he wants, when he wants, how he wants, and that’s pretty cool to see. Now into his 60s, Moore is just a guy with a guitar who happens to be one of the most influential musicians of the past 40 years. No big deal.
Check out ‘Sketch of Light’ down below.