Bored of predictable, tasteless, prefabricated products of the music industry? You are one of those people who swear that the music was last time alive in the 70s? Well, this is definitively for you!! The Witch (Yoko) is back ( 😆 ) and she’s diving into the wildness of experimental avant-gardism along with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Some will consider this the highest manifestation of Art Rock, some will call it a Mother’s play with her progenies, or this might be just a simple session of couple and/or group therapy revealed in public now – considering this is the first Moore and Gordon’s musical release together since announcing their separation after 27 years of marriage. Any of this actually do not really matter, Yoko was always a case of love or hate, Sonic Youth probably as well, everybody have a different and pregnant opinion about all of them and that impression will definitively not gonna change after listening “Yokokimthurston”.
The record starts with “I Missed You Listening”, an almost 10 minute of “100% Yoko” and Yoko throw her everything in from baby-cute cooing through demon-possessed laughter through hysterical yelling to orgasmic ecstasy and mystic whispers and it’s also a clear and loud statement of who’s the leader, the driving force of this project. This is not “Double Fantasy”, but more like Diamanda Galás’ “The Litanies of Satan”.
Six tracks, average 10 minutes each, kind of both exhaustive and hermetic, obscurely ritualistic, a sprawling psychedelic rollercoaster of hide and seek, eventually meaningless for any outsider, but spiritual and intimate for its participants and a handful of initiates.
This is a manifest in a world dominated of products and superficiality, plastic, counterfeit media-friendly fill-up “music” surrogates, and scary depths of human emptiness. Still, there is no such thing as “right or wrong”, and while people are comfortable consuming easy digestible, no attention needed “music”, eventually exclusively beats to shake their money makers, it’s just alright as it’s alright if almost 80 years old Yoko step up on the stage and “sings” like she just have the most disturbing orgasm of her life. Experimentation in music must be applauded and supported, especially in today’s monochromatic musical industry ruled exclusively by boring patterns and loops, fake stars and all over-again recycled cliches.
Although, “Yokokimthurston” it’s not so revolutionary, “edge cutter”, or fresh as some youngsters or less involved listeners might consider it, and it’s more a protest and statement. It’s good to know that Gordon and Moore still are capable professionally to work together and they are willing to create and explore, so, there might still be a chance for further Sonic Youth releases. Yoko have nothing to prove to anybody, so, “Yokokimthurston” it’s just an experience, one more page in a book full of colorful pages. This is not the “proper background noise” you are used to for your iPod? Well, accessibility it’s not a criteria when it comes down to creativity and art.
On the other hand, it’s always much comfortable to be ignorant and to be just like anybody else.
01 – I Missed You Listening
02 – Running The Risk
03 – I Never Told You, Did I
04 – Mirror Mirror
05 – Let’s Get There
06 – Early In The Morning