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Boomkat Product Review:
Billed as his ‘LA’ album, ‘Demolished Thoughts’ pits Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore against the fractured mind of Scientologist oddbod Beck who takes on the production duties. Far from the obvious ‘Mutations’ meets ‘Psychic Hearts’ excursion this could have been though, the first thing to stand out here is the lush orchestration of the album opener ‘Benediction’. Bringing back fond memories of the incredible ‘Trees Outside The Academy’, the track is accompanied by the silky violin tones of the incredibly talented Samara Lubelski and the saintly harp of Mary Lattimore. Beck’s distinct sonic fingerprint is not overly pronounced, but the production has been markedly elevated since Thurston’s last recordings, most notably in the vocal department. Thurston’s voice sounds assured and warm, a far cry from the punkish harshness we have grown to know and love. This allows him to write in a way we’ve barely heard from him in the past; while we might have been treated to his ‘acoustic’ material on ‘Tress Outside The Academy’, ‘Demolished Thoughts’ is much more than that, an album more comparable with Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left’ than pretty much anything else I can bring to mind. Well orchestrated and impeccably produced it feels like real time has been spent molding Thurston’s songs into compositions far greater than the sum of their parts. It might not be the haphazard, noisy ‘Psychic Hearts’ throwback fans might have demanded, but ‘Demolished Thoughts’ is a blissful, mature and incredibly engrossing record and another hugely successful entry into the growing catalogue of one of our favourite artists. A huge recommendation.