Listen to Kim Gordon’s First Solo Song, ‘Murdered Out’
After three decades in Sonic Youth and a spell in the experimental duo Body/Head, Kim Gordon is finally striking out on her own. She has released “Murdered Out,” the first song released under her own name.
You can listen to it above and, as she tells Rolling Stone, the lyrics were inspired by her move to Los Angeles and seeing cars where black matte spray paint covered over every trace of the vehicle’s identity.
"I was interested in how [black matte spray] is a subliminal way of X-ing yourself out of the culture," she said. "It's intentionally restrictive; it reclaims something that’s shiny, fetishistic, what was once a driving force of American production and part of L.A. culture – the car. [Black matte spray] is away saying that there’s nothing in mainstream culture for you."
She expanded on the concept in a statement. "Like an option on a voting ballot, 'none of the above,'" she continued, "[Black matte] is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself."
The drum loop was created by Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, and the song was produced by Justin Raisen, who has worked with Charlie XCX, Sky Ferreira and Santigold. According to an interview with NPR, Gordon overdubbed the guitars onto a track that Raisen had created. It’s unknown at this time if “Murdered Out” is meant to be a standalone track or is from an upcoming album.
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