Silver Session Import
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2009 release from the Alt-Rock veterans. Silver Sessions was taken from an evening when Sonic Youth had to do vocal overdubs for A Thousand Leaves--a band upstairs was hammering out some funky Metal overdrive and they couldn't 'sing' properly. Sonic Youth decided to fight fire with molten lava and turned every amp they owned on to 10+ and leaned as many guitars and basses they could plug in against them and they roared and howled like airplanes burning over the Pacific--they could only enter the playing room with hands pressed hard against our ears and even then it was physically stunning. They ran a sick outmoded beatbox through the P.A. and it blew out horrendous distorted pulsations. Of course, they recorded the whole thing and a few months later mixed it down into sections, ultra-processing it to a wholly other 'piece.'
Top Customer Reviews
I am very familiar with the band's side projects so I thought this might sound like something along the lines of "Terry's Carrot" or Thurston's "Barefoot In Your Head" w/Borbotomagus.
The "Silver Sessions" EP is unexpected! The result is gorgeous and very, very soothing. What a beautiful album! Grating, ear-splitting and annoying? Nope. Minimal? Yep. Dense? Yep. Ambient? Weirdly... yep. The sounds on this CD sound like distant airplane or dolphin noises far off on a breezy Summer day. Like something out of a wonderful dream. A beautiful, beautiful CD that I listen to again and again... and I think is as transcendant as Brian Eno's "On Land" album.
Also... recorded as a tribute to a troubled fan (Jason Knuth) who commited suicide... and all prodeeds go to the suicide prevention hotline or something.
Most recent customer reviews
I have listened to alot of sonic youth and loved it.... even the wierd stuff (mirror/dash, & willian hooker trio) but even compaired to the SYR albums this one ..... Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by John Parrino
What to say? This record is beautiful. Respect to Sonic Youth for putting out records like this which will go right over the heads of a lot of people. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Mark Shukla
This is only the second CD I have listened to by Sonic Youth. My recent familiarity with the group comes long overdue. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by A. Shifley
Granted, this isn't actually music. But the sound etched onto this CD is a glorious one, like stars conversing to each other across space. Read morePublished on June 6 2000 by Micah Newman
i cant really get into this, because i can pretty much do the same thing in my own house (of course, the cops would probably show up). Read morePublished on March 22 1999
Sonic Youth do best lately when they either stick to pure noise or pure pop. This is of the former category, and it has that wonderfully soothing noise of the best tracks off... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 1998 by F. Beal
The band leaned all of their instruments against their amps (to drown out the metal band recording upstairs at the studio), patched in a beatbox thru the p.a. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 1998 by Seth Anderson