The Daydream Library Series are ecstatic to release the new full length record by Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore, By The Fire out tomorrow, September 25. To celebrate, Moore will be joined by My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe and percussionist Jem Doulton today at 8pm BST / 3pm EDT for a live performance from London’s Rough Trade East. The 60 minute world exclusive event will be co-directed by Marc Swadel (Stone Roses: Made of Stone, The Chemical Brothers Grammy-nominated film Don’t Think) and streamed live online – tickets here. Moore also announced a small European tour this November with strict safety measures, taking him to France, Belgium and the Netherlands – details and tickets below.
Moore’s seventh solo album features musicians Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) on bass and backing vocals, Jon Leidecker aka ‘Wobbly’ (of Negativland) on electronics, James Sedwards on guitar, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, as well as Jem Doulton, alternating on drums. The mesmerizing “Hashish” was the first single from the album to be released and is described by Moore as “an ode to the narcotic of love in our shared responsibility to each other during isolation.” The song includes a video with footage from The Thurston Moore Group’s tour in early 2020 in Europe, as well as footage of Thurston quarantined in his home during the past few months “with respect to the sacred healing truth of nature.”
The second single released from By The Fire was the righteous “Cantaloupe” with a video featuring friends in Thurston’s local skate park and final single “Siren” was accompanied by a short film of a mermaid fantasy under the sea here. Prior to isolation during the COVID pandemic, Thurston worked in recording studios in North London until the third week of March 2020 to complete this album for release on September 25. Thurston was adamant to release By The Fire in 2020, and with Daydream Library, has released this quote:
“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.”
Some of the songs feature all of the musicians whilst a few tunes are solo guitar and vocals. By The Fire will come out on The Daydream Library Series distributed in North America by long-standing Indie communitarians and friends at Forced Exposure. The Daydream Library Series record label was founded in 2018 especially to release London Afro-punk feminist trio Big Joanie’s debut album Sistahs.
2020 European Tour:
Nov 5: Biarritz, France @ L’Altabal (tickets here)
Nov 6: La Rochelle, France @ La Sirène (tickets here)
Nov 7: Lorient, France @ Hydrophone (tickets here)
Nov 9: Lille, France @ L’aeronef (tickets here)
Nov 10: Brussels, Belgium @ Kanal Pompidou (tickets here)
Nov 11: Brussels, Belgium @ Kanal Pompidou (tickets here)
Nov 12: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso (tickets here)
Nov 13: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso (tickets here)