Sonic Youth bass player/frontwoman Kim Gordon has released a booming new track "Murdered Out," featuring her iconic raspy vocals over an arsenal of hissing guitars and pummeling drums (by WARPAINT'S Stella Mozgawa).
The song was produced by Charli XCX and Sky Ferreira-producer Justin Raisen, and has Kim returning in full-form, warbling characteristically dark lyrics, and reminding us that no one, past or present, sounds like her; "Secondhand smoke never goes away," she repeats.
The musician released a statement about her inspiration for song, which may...surprise you:
Black matte spray.
When I moved back to LA I noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos, and black wheels. This was something I had occasionally seen in the past, part of lowrider car culture. A reclaiming of a corporate symbol of American success, The Car, from an outsider's point of view. A statement-making rejection of the shiny brand new look, the idea of a new start, the promise of power, and the freedom on the open road. Like an option on a voting ballot, "none of the above."
"Murdered Out," as a look, is now creeping into mainstream culture as a design trend. A coffee brand. A clothing line. A nailpolish color.
Black-on-black matte is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself, the outsider as an unwilling participant as the "It" look.