Stop what you’re doing, listen and watch Lee Ranaldo’s video for the single “Circular (Right As Rain)” off the forthcoming Electric Trim, September 15 on Mute.
The nine-track album marks a return to the Mute family for Ranaldo, who says: “I’m so excited about this record, it represents new developments and directions for me and I can’t wait to hit the road and play this music live. I’m also so pleased to partner with Mute for this release – it’s like a homecoming of sorts as Sonic Youth’s early records were released on Blast First / Mute. To me Mute has always been a true artist’s label, concentrating first and foremost on the music. I can’t wait for everyone to hear this music.”
Fans will have the opportunity to hear some new material during Ranaldo’s US tour which begins tonight in Richmond, VA. Further details below. Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer Raül “Refree” Fernandez and extends the work of Ranaldo’s solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth.
Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players. Ranaldo is a co-founder of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, producer and writer. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests on Electric Trim, including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on “Last Looks” and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Nels Cline Trio/Wilco). In addition, the album features Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht, (Love Child/Run On) and bassist Tim Luntzel).
June 13 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
June 15 – Atlanta, GA – 40 Watt Club
June 17 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
June 18 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
June 19 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 20 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall
June 21 – Austin, TX – The North Door
June 23 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
June 24 – Nashville, TN – The Anchor Fellowship