Nothing like a bit of heavy, layered grunge listening to start off the week. Ahead of its release on March 5th via Matador Records, NPR is streaming Chelsea Light Moving‘s self-titled debut as a First Listen. The newest Thurston Moore project has been in existence for just about a year under this moniker, though the band members have been playing together as Moore’s touring band for a while; filling out the space behind the Sonic Youth founder’s vocals and guitar playing are Samara Lubelski on violin, Keith Wood on guitar and John Molony on drums. As expected from the four tracks that have been floating around for several months, Chelsea Light Moving is a confluence of the varied musical streams Moore has paddled down over his long career. Some tracks are melodic, thoughtful and poetic, while others harken back to his avant-garde punk roots and still others cross over into blown-up distorted freak-outs (and some, like “Alighted,” zig-zag back and forth between all of these).
Chelsea Light Moving will be in town at Union Transfer on April 3rd with Talk Normal. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch a video for “Burroughs” below and stream the full Chelsea Light Moving LP here.