stepping away from the punk, noise & no-wave experimentalism that often surrounds both sonic youth & thurston moore's solo work, ‘demolished thoughts’ is a continuation of sorts on from his last album, 2007’s ‘trees outside the academy’.
thurston’s 4th solo album is his first to be produced by beck & this influence might explain the lighter touch found on this record with the production & arrangements reminiscent of those employed on beck’s own ‘sea change’. it’s a stripped-down affair, with violinist samara lubelski, harpist mary lattimore, bassist bram inscore & drummer joey waronker providing accompaniment to thurston’s vocals & it works perfectly. a brooding & beautifully restrained record - sweet, heartfelt & consuming. if you’ve loved the recent j.mascis record, where he too has stripped everything back, this one’s an equally surprising treat. “sublime freak-folk love-in” 4/5 – mojo.