Best New Music

The Great One: Kim Gordon – “Murdered Out”

  • October 30, 2016
  • 2 min read
Jamie Brisick/Courtesy of the artist
Jamie Brisick/Courtesy of the artist

Kim Gordon

“Murdered Out”

Kim Gordon has a released a single under her own name, the first time ever.  That in itself is amazing.  After 35 years of being one of the most influential people in rock and roll (remember Sonic Youth), she finally releases a single with her name.  And what a single.  It has everything that you love about Gordon.  Wonderful rhythms, great feedback, powerful lyrics, and that tremendous voice.  Here is her discussion of how this great single came about.

I met Justin [Raisen], the producer. He wanted me to sing on this project he had been working on. After a year I finally went over and we made up some lyrics. He took what I didn’t use, vocal wise, and made a loop, a rhythm thing. He put my vocals to it, extended it. I went back and did more vocals. He had [Warpaint’s] Stella [Mozgawa] play drums on it.

Justin did the rhythm. I just overdubbed guitars. He did the bass and the main body of the track. We’ve talked about doing more stuff [together.] I’ve never really worked that way before. I worked that way a little bit, but not to this extent where someone’s picking on my vocals and guitar and shaping it in a way.

This song is everything you expect for Gordon.  I love it; you will too.

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