Thurston Moore has a new band, and you better get out of his way. After ending Sonic Youth’s legendary run and releasing a gleaming acoustic solo album (Demolished Thoughts
) and nutso collab with now ex-wife Kim Gordon and Yoko Ono, Moore is back in rawk mode on Chelsea Light Moving
. “Sleeping Where I Fall” is built on Moore’s more recent Stones-influenced chords as well as his own inventive dissonant guitarwork, building into a heavy passage that showcases his band as more than a bunch of hired hands. Drummer John Moloney (of Sunburned Hand of the Man) in particular offers muscular, measured beatwork that nicely compliments the metallic guitarwork of bandmates Moore, Samara Lubelski (of Jackie-O Motherfucker and others) and Keith Wood (Hush Arbors) on “Alighted.” Chelsea Moving Light
is fast and heavy throughout, like a metalhead cousin to Sonic Youth and sometimes echoing that band more straight-on, as on the Goo
-era freakout “Burroughs.” Chelsea Moving Light don’t quite come close to taking the place of the beloved Sonic Youth, but they get close to establishing their own identity on “Empires of Time,” featuring some of Moore’s most pulverizing and tense guitarwork in some time, and “Mohawk,” a spare, slow-burning track with striking guitar and violin drone with Moore’s beat-inspired poetry spoken above. On Chelsea Moving Light
, Moore sounds hungry again and, with a group of talented collaborators and without a legacy of material hanging over him, willing to put it all out there for the sake of his art.