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Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon

A reluctant icon in at least three worlds—music, visual art, and fashion—Kim Gordon was the undisputed “art star queen of New York cool” (The New York Times) for almost four decades before she moved to Los Angeles and started afresh with No Home Record, a debut solo album so dynamic and contemporary that it shocked and thrilled her multigenerational legion of fans.

As the bassist and a singer in Sonic Youth, the Velvet Underground inheritors who defined indie rock for a long generation, “her voice could be a jagged knife, a lover’s confession, [or] steam rising from a subway grate,” Pitchfork said in a 2019 Best New Music review. “On No Home Record, she takes advantage of a newfound sense of space in the music to explore the limits of her expressiveness.” Gordon chants, whispers, and drones in a maze of controlled cacophony, dissolving bass-music idioms from trap to pop in her well-seasoned noise-rock cauldron.

At times mosaic and fractured, at others suggesting an unguessed midpoint between Laurie Anderson and Charli XCX, No Home Record is a revelation that nevertheless retains all the “wit and menace,” as The Guardian put it in a five-star review, that has distinguished Kim Gordon’s music from Sonic Youth to Body/Head and ever onward.

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Knoxville, TN · USA

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