The Daydream Library Series
are ecstatic to announce the new full-length album by Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore
entitled BY THE FIRE
. Thurston Moore
’s seventh solo album, BY THE FIRE
features musicians Deb Googe
(My Bloody Valentine) on bass and backing vocals, Jon Leidecker
(of Negativland) on electronics, James Sedwards
on guitar, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley
alternating on drums with Jem Doulton
Prior to isolation during the COVID pandemic, Thurston was working in recording studios in North London up until the third week of March in order to complete BY THE FIRE for release on 25th September 2020. While the musicians may not immediately tour, Thurston was determined to release BY THE FIRE this year, and together with Daydream Library, he has released this quote:
BY THE FIRE is music in flames. 2020 is our time for radical change and collective awareness and Thurston Moore has written nine songs of enlightenment, released to a world on fire. Taking a cue from Albert Ayler’s “music is the healing force of the universe”, this recording offers songs as flames of rainbow energy, where the power of love becomes our call. These are love songs in a time where creativity is our dignity, our demonstration against the forces of oppression. BY THE FIRE is a gathering, a party of peace — songs in the heat of the moment.
BY THE FIRE is a mixture of styles, some songs featuring solo guitar and vocals, some utilizing the entire set of musicians. Thurston is working on the final cover and sleeve art with London-based artist Radieux Radio, who also scribed lyrics for some of the tracks.
Available as vinyl and download, BY THE FIRE is the latest release from the independent house label of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Eva Prinz‘s publishing imprint Ecstatic Peace Library. The Daydream Library Series label was especially founded as an outlet for emerging musicians, both local and international, beginning with their first release in 2018 of London Afro-punk feminist trio Big Joanie’s debut album SISTAHS.
BY THE FIRE – Tracklisting:
- CANTALOUPE (4:44)
- BREATH (10:54)
- SIREN (12:20)
- CALLIGRAPHY (5:20)
- LOCOMOTIVES (16:50)
- DREAMERS WORK (4:53)
- THEY BELIEVE IN LOVE [WHEN THEY LOOK AT YOU] (7:49)
- VENUS (14:20) instrumental