by Sonic Youth
Released: Feb 1998
Coming before Jim O'Rourke joined as a full-time member, this collaborative experimental EP (which lasts as long as a full-length) reveals all parties working at a level of deep, fruitful intuition. Despite all the past, wild play with form, Sonic Youth had always been a busy-sounding band, full of stadium-sized transitions (and ambitions). O'Rourke gives them the patience of someone schooled in drone-endurance -- and also contributes his unmistakable feel for solitude. This is another of Kim's standout moments in the SY catalog, and not just because of her surprise trumpet chops.