Published Oct 21, 2016Kim Gordon and Bill Nace teamed up as Body/Head back in 2013, delivering their debut full-length Coming Apart. Now, the duo are set to release a follow-up in the form of a live album titled No Waves. It's due out on November 11 through Matador Records.
The record was captured at the band's show at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN, on March 24, 2014, during the Big Ears Festival. The set heard them perform material off of Coming Apart, but a press release notes that listeners should approach No Waves not as "tracks" or "songs," but as a "moment."
The new recording will arrive accompanied by original artwork by Raymond Pettibon and an excerpt by Ben Chasny of Comets on Fire and Six Organs of Admittance, which reads in part:
One of the pleasures of a live record is a chance for the listener to feel the music develop and unfold from a previously known departure point. This experience is magnified with Body/Head due to the improvisatory basis of the band, which encourages new sounds and modes of communication with every show. We hear new vocal melodies developing, new attacks on strings, new clusters of intervals. It is the sound of sound evolving. Listening to No Waves, one can't help feel that despite the title of their previous record, Coming Apart, we're actually hearing Kim and Bill become one. Guitars and vocals flow into each as if played by a single creature. The sound of their evolution causes audiomorphic sensations. Two guitars or eight? Four hands or one? One voice or two?
The live record also plays with orientation via its concentration on communication. Which way are you listening to it? Listen once and hear certain forms. Listen to the same part again and you may perceive new forms, like overhearing a game of telephone. With No Waves, Body/Head adds a document to the library of classic live records that never exhaust themselves no matter how many times they are listened to… It's Body/Head doing what they do best —making the listener smile as they participate with the band in joyous, creative time.
The band will be embarking on a string of four more live shows across the United States this fall. Find full details here.