September 12, 2016

Kim Gordon: Murdered Out

Kim Gordon brings the noise on her solo debut single Murdered Out, an in-your-face industrial post punk assault that is dark and intense, black-on-black tune. Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) helped her out on drums. Justin Raisen acted as producer. It sounds like Sonic Youth in their hey-day. albeit with a fierce declaration of independence in the lyrics:

Black matte spray.

When I moved back to LA I noticed more and more cars painted with black matte spray, tinted windows, blackened logos, and black wheels. This was something I had occasionally seen in the past, part of lowrider car culture. A reclaiming of a corporate symbol of American success, The Car, from an outsider’s point of view. A statement-making rejection of the shiny brand new look, the idea of a new start, the promise of power, and the freedom on the open road. Like an option on a voting ballot, "none of the above.”

“Murdered Out," as a look, is now creeping into mainstream culture as a design trend. A coffee brand. A clothing line. A nailpolish color.

Black-on-black matte is the ultimate expression in digging out, getting rid of, purging the soul. Like a black hole, the supreme inward look, a culture collapsing in on itself, the outsider as an unwilling participant as the “It" look.

» Kim Gordon on Twitter

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