Chelsea Light Moving
Chelsea Light Moving


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
March 12th, 2013 | 12 replies | 1,480 views


Release Date: 03/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Moore doesn’t do anything to substitute for Gordon’s absence in the music formula he’s not abandoning anytime soon, he sounds more suitably unhinged and grizzled than he has in some time.

While the divorce of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore may very well mean the conclusion of one of the most influential noise rock bands of all time, Sonic Youth, Moore has no intention of slowing down or putting a hold on his music pursuits. Hot on the heels of his ended relationship with Gordon, Moore has already formed another band Chelsea Light Moving, in which he can exercise the same mangled and distorted territory of loud feedback and raw noise straight out of the grungy ‘90s. However, it seems as though Moore doesn’t have plans much in the way of further exploring his ambitions on Chelsea Light Moving’s self-titled debut album.

Most of Chelsea Light Moving sounds like a very organic jam session, and the dabbling in much more lurching sludge riffs and doom-flavored volumes manages to separate it from the dense and jarring production of Sonic Youth albums, even if the more rough textures keep the range from reaching the encompassing shoegaze-ish atmosphere that made Sonic Youth famous for marrying the hushed and harsh.

However, whether the new elements introduced be sludge or doom, these are merely variations, and not actual progressions upon Moore’s method of composing and making the style of music he knows. With Gordon not being a part of his process in making music like this, the songs on Chelsea Light Moving stylistically suffer from having an at times unshakable feeling of there being a good portion of something missing. It’s perfectly fine for Moore to have carried on down the road he prefers without his ex-wife’s involvement, but he might have wanted to find a way to fill in the missing space to prevent this music from seeming like old ventures that are half empty.

Though still, even if Chelsea Light Moving may not completely satisfy the hunger of fans, there’s still a lot to enjoy of what Moore is good at, which is creating winding compositions of menacingly grimy sound that fits his age, intertwined with lush breaks of ethereal tones that shows that however he does it, he’s still got it.



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breakingthefragile
March 11th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ONLY ONE REVIEW A DAY!

I know, I'm being a total hypocrite by posting two in a row, but I wanted to squeeze this one in here before Tuesday, because I'm gonna be pretty packed with releases next week.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2013



6734 Comments


5 Contrib reviews in a row lol : ] Anyway, I sniff a feature...

breakingthefragile
March 11th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

We runnin' dis man. WE UP IN HEEEEEEREEE

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2013



3158 Comments


Wow man, you're a reviewing machine. How do you manage to write this much without running out of ideas at one point ?

Digging: Amplifier - Echo Street

breakingthefragile
March 12th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Running out of ideas?

Gyromania
March 13th 2013



14647 Comments


things to say, i think he means

Gyromania
March 13th 2013



14647 Comments


review is great btw

Gyromania
March 13th 2013



14647 Comments


oh and contrib party up in here!

geasoftime
March 14th 2013



1139 Comments


woo contrib party up in herrrrrrr

halloway
March 29th 2013



684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saw these guys live last night. Awesome show. Now to test the album...

halloway
March 29th 2013



684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good review, although I feel like I picked up on very different things than you have. Maybe I should review it... :o

breakingthefragile
March 29th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This definitely deserves more reviews, you should if you want to review it!



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