Magazine article The Fader

Thurston Moore

Magazine article The Fader

Thurston Moore

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Twenty six years after founding Sonic Youth in New York City, 'Thurston Moor e is releasing Trees Outside the Academy, a mostly acoustic, melancholy as fuck solo album (his second after 1995's thrashy Psychic Hearts) which he says was influenced by his walks around Smith College (alma mater of Sylvia Plath) near his home in Northampton, Massachusetts. We rang him at Heathrow Airport while on tour with SY to talk about leaving New York, trying to be selfish and recording with his Dinosaur neighbor.

Was it strange to make another solo album after so many years of collaboration? And why an acoustic album?

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I've always had the desire to do something that doesn't involve any democracy. I basically was going to do a record of just me, playing acoustic guitar, and then vocals and that's it. As soon as I started preparing far it, I started wanting to hear other instruments on it. I wrote all the songs, but I allowed Steve [Shelley, drummer] and Samara [Lubelski, violinist] to create their own parts. I would pretty much give the thumbs up or thumbs down, but it was basically always thumbs up for what they were doing. Then I went in [to] J Moscis of Dinosaur Jr's Bisquiteen Studios] and overdubbed all the bass guitar and I would have J come up every once in a while. He was just downstairs playing guitar anyway. I would call him up on his cell phone, "Do you think you could come up and play on some of these songs?" About five minutes would pass or so, and I would hear him tumble up the stairs. …

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