‘Cantaloupe’: Ex-Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore drops rocking new track from upcoming album 'By the Fire'

With its hard-driving splashy rock beat and crunchy guitar riffs (with a classic '80s-metal solo toward the end), 'Cantaloupe' points listeners to its vivid imagery portrayed by the lyrics


                            ‘Cantaloupe’: Ex-Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore drops rocking new track from upcoming album 'By the Fire'
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Former Sonic Youth guitarist-singer Thurston Moore has unveiled his new song called ‘Cantaloupe’. You can listen to it from the link below. Outside of Sonic Youth, Moore has also participated in many solo and group collaborations, as well as running the Ecstatic Peace! record label. Moore was ranked No 34 in Rolling Stone's 2004 edition of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and in 2012, he and his Sonic Youth bandmate, Lee Ranaldo, both earned the No 1 slot on a staff-selected list of the top 100 rock guitarists published by Spin.

That same year, which followed a year after his split from Sonic Youth, Moore started a new band called Chelsea Light Moving, with their first track, 'Burroughs', released as a free download. The band's eponymous debut was released on March 5, 2013. He is also part of the black metal supergroup Twilight. In 2014, Moore released his solo album, 'The Best Day', which features Steve Shelley and My Bloody Valentine's Debbie Googe as the rhythm section, and James Sedwards on guitar.

Fast-forward to Saturday, July 4 and Moore's new single arrives ahead of the release of an upcoming solo album, 'By The Fire', which is scheduled for release on September 25 via his own label Daydream Library Series. Moore released its first single 'HASHISH' on June 20. The upcoming LP will feature contributions from many of his frequent collaborators such as Googe (this time on bass and backing vocals) and Sedwards who takes on the role of guitarist again. Additional contributors include former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Negativland’s Jon Leidecker, and Jem Doulton.

With its hard-driving splashy rock beat and crunchy guitar riffs (with a classic '80s-metal solo toward the end), 'Cantaloupe' points listeners to its vivid imagery portrayed by the lyrics. Taking it for its lyrics alone, the song appears psychedelic. Moore sings in a low tone with lyrics such as, “We’re pulsing blue, blue to orange. Dripping fire music down your back” and “On the second day. We drew streaks. Of lightning on your telly. Fingers drip dipped in paint. Of cantaloupe and licorice.” In May, Moore shared a song titled ‘May Daze’, which also featured Shelley, Googe and Sedwards. It was recorded at The Church in London with Paul Epworth, who produced Moore’s 2017 LP ‘Rock n Roll Consciousness’. Moore’s latest solo album was ‘Spirit Counsel’, which released in 2019.

Listen to 'Cantaloupe' here.

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