Oh ‘YOKOKIMTHURSTON’: Ono Teams With Sonic Youth Duo

Yoko Ono with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore in 2010 / Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty

Yoko Ono has joined forces with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore for a new collaborative album. YOKOKIMTHURSTON will arrive on September 25 via Chimera Music, Ono’s management has confirmed. The six-song release teams the perennial avant-garde renegade — and, of course, widow of the Beatles’ John Lennon — with the erstwhile noise-rock power couple, who late last year revealed they would be going their separate ways after 21 years of marriage.

YOKOKIMTHURSTON isn’t the trio’s first time working together. The 14-minute advance single “Early in the Morning,” which will appear on the album, is out now via Chimera Music and the usual retailers — you can hear a preview over at Amazon.

Separately, the Guardian has posted a video of Ono, Gordon, and Moore performing “Mulberry,” from Ono’s 2001 album Blueprint for a Sunrise, live at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. This particular piece leans decidedly more toward the art world, with ululating vocals and a steady underpinning of screeching drone.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=LIxKrgw-xgc%3Fversion%3D3

In other Sonic Youth news, fellow SY member Lee Ranaldo released his first proper solo album, Between the Times and the Ties, earlier this year on Matador; as SPIN contributor Dan Weiss notes in his 7-of-10 review, the record offers “impeccably structured psychedelic jamming.” Moore’s Beck-produced solo album Demolished Thoughts came out last year.

YOKOKIMTHURSTON Track List:
1. “I Missed You Listening”
2. “Running the Risk”
3. “I Never Told You, Did I?”
4. “Mirror Mirror”
5. “Let’s Get There”
6. “Early in the Morning”

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