CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING play Lee’s Palace on March 31. See listings. Rating: NNN
The news of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's split in late 2011 was a double hit. Indie rock lost not only its pre-eminent power couple, but also the enormously influential band they started together. But the members of Sonic Youth are all ultra-prolific musicians, so the breakup has actually meant more music from each of them, albeit in new formations.
Chelsea Light Moving is Thurston Moore's new band. The lanky guitarist has a long history of experimental side projects (or, in the case of his last two solo albums, increasingly mellow ones) but like guitarist Lee Ranaldo's 2012 solo effort, it hews surprisingly close to Sonic Youth's unmistakable sound: Beat-inspired lyrics, occasional blasts of noise, and skewed, oddly tuned guitars, all of it somehow bending into accessible, head-nodding rockers.
Sonic Youth fans should find plenty to love, but we're more intrigued by the instances where Moore leaves his established comfort zone, like in the nearly eight-minute Alighted, which injects a surprisingly heavy metal riff into Thurston's usual formula.
Top Track: Alighted