Thurston Moore has announced his new LP BY THE FIRE, and will share the opening track "HASHISH" on the Summer Solstice (June 20th).
"HASHISH" will be the first new track from Moore since "Strawberry Moon" landed earlier this month.
Moore says "HASHISH" is "an ode to the narcotic of love in our shared responsibility to each other during isolation." The new track will arrive with a visual featuring clips of The Thurston Moore Group’s 2020 Europe tour, and footage of Moore quarantined in his house during the pandemic.
The musician says of his forthcoming record, "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 will feature contributions from Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) on bass and backing vocals, Jon Leidecker (Negativland) on electronics, James Sedwards on guitar, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley alternating on drums with Jem Doulton.