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Lee Ranaldo

Biography

Since 1981, guitarist Lee Ranaldo has spent his off time from seminal art rock band Sonic Youth creating organic, ambient backdrops for his spoken stream-of-consciousness poetry. Largely improvised, the music is most often built around analog delays, allowing Ranaldo to seamlessly build layer upon layer of guitar drone and feedback. Ominous without being threatening, the pieces surround the listener with the audio equivalent of America's endless highways and wide-open spaces. Abstract post-beat texts connect seemingly disparate images with fluidity, enhancing the atmosphere of future possibilities established by the swirling guitar work. Bold solo work from one of rock's luminaries.
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