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June 16, 2012  | by: Christopher Burns


The infamous Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is teaming up with Sonic Youth members Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore to release a benefit single supporting relief work in Japan still affected by the Tsunami in 2011.


Yoko and Thurston MooreThe first minute or so of the EP is an eerie, extended laugh-chant by Yoko backed by a one note guitar, which sets the stage for the rest of the distended single. By the second minute of “Early”, a distinct feeling of anxiety slips over the listener, which isn’t helped at all by Yoko’s continued chants and what sounds like metal bouncy balls slamming into my speakers. It has successfully made me feel something, the record was spot on, but I don't know many people who go out of their way to feel anxious, afraid, and alone.

The rest of the 14-minute single is more Opium Den-Opera House than backroom Punk Club we’ve come to expect from Sonic Youth. But nonetheless, they continue to push boundaries in this piece. Whether that is for good or bad is for you to decide.

If you are a fan of Yoko Ono chanting and really avante-gard relics from an earlier day, then this is a single for you. As Yoko says at the 7:45 mark, “take me, but don’t break me.”

If you’re looking for the newest resurrection of Sonic Youth, this isn’t it. Go listen to your Sister vinyl again.

The single ‘Early in the Morning” was released via Chimera music on June 5th, and will be available on iTunes beginning June 19th.

Yoko Ono, though she needs no introduction, was married to John Lennon up to the point of his death. He, in large part, considered Ono his muse and musical influence. Since his death, she has continued her own work as an artist while “promoting the interests of John Lennon”– though many fans believe she has done the complete opposite.

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore (of my hometown, Bethel, CT) are members of the band Sonic Youth, one of the earliest noise rock bands to come out of the New York scene. They met both critical and commercial success with their seminal album, Daydream Nation, which features early 90′s college rock staple ‘Teenage Riot.” To get a better picture of their rise to indie-god status check out 1991: The Year Punk Broke.

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What do you think of the funky single?

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