Boomkat Product Review:
It’s always cause for excitement when a new SYR record hits the shelves. Admittedly I’m a paid-up member of the Sonic Youth can do no wrong club, but I do appreciate that historically the SYR series is where we find the band at their most arresting. ‘Simon Werner A Disparu’ is the ninth in the series and finds the band again tackling a soundtrack, with the instrumental shimmer that blessed their ‘Made In USA’ OST recording (and the lesser known ‘Demon Lover’ OST) haunting proceedings. This is, from the first few notes, the Sonic Youth we know and love, all distant, expertly pieced together and as hazy as the summer you spent eating ice creams with that girl down the road when you were both nine years old. The band certainly aren’t doing anything new here, but for those of you unimpressed by the near sing-along charms of ‘The Eternal’ they should find more than enough wonky off-centre business here to keep them happy until the next SYR instalment. ‘Simon Werner A Disparu’ is soundtrack music as produced by a band who are totally comfortable both with their sound and with the subject matter. What more can I say? Unmissable stuff.