No one embodies the term “art rock” like former Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon. The multimedia icon and renowned musician has spent her entire career exploring the spaces that exist between visual art and experimental rock. After Sonic Youth split in 2011, Gordon made music as Body/Head, an improvisational noise duo with Bill Nace, while simultaneously pursuing her art practice with multiple exhibitions in London and New York. Gordon’s obsession with both visual and conceptual art has played a key role in her music and continues to do so in her newest band, Glitterbust.
Comprised of Gordon and Tomorrow Tomorrows Tulips guitarist Alex Knost, Glitterbust will release a self-titled LP tomorrow, and here we are pleased to premiere the duo’s debut video for the single “The Highline.” The band’s emphasis on visual expression and its relationship to sound powerfully culminates in the mesmerizing short film, which was shot and directed by Thomas Campbell, sculpting reeling noise rock into a physical art experience.
When speaking about The High Line, a public park situated on elevated, defunct train tracks on Manhattan’s West Side, Gordon says, “On any given weekend [it] looks like a crowded, self-conscious human freeway, surrounded by mirrored glass walls of luxury condos built up around it, casting shadows, part of the moneyed, power landscape.” She continues, explaining that the video was filmed 3,000 miles away and “shows alien, embryonic beings traipsing through the empty night, creating a ‘desire path’ through the empty industrial complex of Orange County, like lost cultural ghosts.”
GLITTERBUST WILL BE RELEASED TOMORROW, MARCH 18, 2016 VIA BURGER RECORDS AND CAN BE PRE-ORDERED HERE.