Ex-Sonic Youth Guitarist Lee Ranaldo to Release ‘Electric Trim’ – Details – 2017 Tour Dates
Former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo revealed the details of his brand new album, Electric Trim, available September 15, 2017 via Mute Records.
The nine-track album marks a return to the Mute family for Ranaldo, “I’m so excited about this record, it represents new developments and directions for me and I can’t wait to hit the road and play this music live. I’m also so pleased to partner with Mute for this release – it’s like a homecoming of sorts as Sonic Youth’s early records were released on Blast First / Mute. To me Mute has always been a true artist’s label, concentrating first and foremost on the music. I can’t wait for everyone to hear this music.”
Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer Raül ‘Refree’ Fernandez and extends the work of Ranaldo’s solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth.
Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players.
You can now listen to the first single, ‘Circular (Right As Rain)’, via the embedded clip above.
Ranaldo is a co-founder of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, producer and writer. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests on Electric Trim, including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on ‘Last Looks’ and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Wilco). The album also features Ranaldo’s band The Dust (w/ fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht, and bassist Tim Lüntzel).
Ranaldo collaborated with award winning New York author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn / The Fortress of Solitude) for lyrics on six of the songs and the American artist, Richard Prince, who previously painted the sleeve for Sonic Youth’s 2004 album Sonic Nurse, created the artwork for the album.
ELECTRIC TRIM TRACKLISTING:
Let’s Start Again
Last Looks (with Sharon Van Etten)
Circular (Right As Rain)
Thrown Over The Wall
Lee Ranaldo – vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, electronics, drums, marimba
Raül Refree – acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, electronics and programming, bass, drums, backing vocals
Sharon Van Etten – vocals
Alan Licht – electric guitar
Tim Luntzel – bajo
Nels Cline – electric guitar
Steve Shelley – drums
Kid Millions – drums
Xavi de la Salud – trumpets and flugelhorns
Cody Ranaldo – electronics
Mar Girona – backing vocals
LEE RANALDO US TOUR:
13 June – The Broadberry, Richmond, VA
15 June – 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
17 June – Saturn, Birmingham, AL
18 June – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
19 June – White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
20 June – Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas, TX
21 June – The North Door, Austin, TX
23 June – Proud Larry’s, Oxford, MS
24 June – The Anchor Fellowship, Nashville, TN