FIRST LOOK AT THE VIDEO FOR THURSTON MOORE’S NEW AGE/NO WAVE SINGLE ‘APHRODITE’. Directed by Francis Coy (with footage from the Azores by Eva).
Thurston Moore’s new album Rock n Roll Consciousness was released on April 28th via Caroline International. The new material was recorded with the same line-up of musicians he’s been working with since 2014: Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine on bass, Nøught’s James Sedwards on guitar and Moore’s longtime musical collaborator from Sonic Youth, Steve Shelley on drums.
With a title like Rock n Roll Consciousness, and the way the press materials describe the new single, you could be forgiven for wondering if Moore’s gone all New Age:
“Aphrodite,” a strange and heavy No wave rocker in salutation to the icon of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation, enumerates tools beyond the consciousness: electric guitars, the power of mind, imagination, will and intention to practice magick. Thurston sings of spells and possession as he and James pick up energies from string sorcery in a true group séance. Steve Shelley transmits the power of the symbolic into actual shimmering cymbal resonance and Deb Googe’s bass weaves a mesmeric psychic shaping — all in service to the mystic song.