Since Sonic Youth officially disbanded in 2011, Kim Gordon has still been making music, just with her experimental noise outfit, Body/Head. Even throughout her 30 years with Sonic Youth, the vocalist/bass player played in a number of side-projects, including Free Kitten and a solo-project under the name Glitterbust.
Today, the grunge icon has released her very first single under her own name, a goth-y industrial banger, “Murdered Out.” Produced by Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Angel Olsen, Bloodboy), with Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa on drums, the track is a moody ode to matte black.
“When I moved back to LA, I noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos, and black wheels,” Gordon said. “This was something I had occasionally seen in the past, part of low-rider car culture. A reclaiming of a corporate symbol of American success, The Car, from an outsider’s point of view. A statement-making rejection of the shiny brand new look, the idea of a new start, the promise of power, and the freedom on the open road. Like an option on a voting ballot, ‘none of the above.’
She said ‘Murdered Out,’ as a look, is creeping into mainstream culture as a design trend, comparing it to a coffee brand, clothing line or nail polish color: “Black-on-black matte is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul,” she said. “Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself, the outsider as an unwilling participant as the ‘It’ look.”
Listen to Gordon’s track, below.