Sonic Youth member teams up with producer Justin Raisen and Warpaint drummer
Kim Gordon has released her first-ever solo track under her own name, entitled ‘Murdered Out’.
Released on Matador Records, the track was produced by Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira). Gordon explains in a statement how the pair met “offhandedly”. Raisen was convincing her to sing on another artist’s record, and ‘Murdered Out’ was born from the remaining, unused vocals. Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa contributes drums.
‘Murdered Out’ describes Gordon’s move to LA, where she “noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos and black wheels… This was something I had occasionally seen in the past, pat of lowrider car culture.”
Listen below to ‘Murdered Out’ below.
Gordon continues of the idea behind the song: “A reclaiming of a corporate symbol of American success, The Car, from an outsider’s point of view. A statement-making rejection of the shiny brand new look, the idea of a new start, the promise of power, and the freedom on the open road. Like an option on a voting ballot, “none of the above.”
“‘Murdered Out’, as a look, is now creeping into mainstream culture as a design trend. A coffee brand. A clothing line. A nailpolish color. Black-on-black matte is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself, the outsider as an unwilling participant as the ‘It’ look.”
Earlier this year, the former Sonic Youth frontwoman teamed with Alex Knost, of Tomorrows Tulips, to create Glitterbust. The California noise group released their self-titled debut in March.