Lee Ranaldo has announced details of a brand new album, Electric Trim, out on 15 September 2017 via Mute records, and embarks on a US tour this month.
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.”
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.
Listen below to the first track, “Circular (Right As Rain)“.
In addition to Fernandez, Lee Ranaldo 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 (Wilco). In addition, the album features Ranaldo’s band The Dust (fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht, and bassist Tim Luntzel).
Ranaldo collaborated with award winning New York author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn / The Fortress of Solitude) for lyrics on six of the songs and the American artist, Richard Prince, who previously painted the sleeve for Sonic Youth’s 2004 album Sonic Nurse, created the artwork for the album.
Electric Trim Tracklisting:
Let’s Start Again
Last Looks (with Sharon Van Etten)
Circular (Right As Rain)
Thrown Over The Wall
Catch Lee Ranaldo on tour over the US this month, full dates below.
13 June – The Broadberry, Richmond, VA
15 June – 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
17 June – Saturn, Birmingham, AL
18 June – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
19 June – White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
20 June – Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas, TX
21 June – The North Door, Austin, TX
23 June – Proud Larry’s, Oxford, MS
24 June – The Anchor Fellowship, Nashville, TN