Thurston Moore Teams Up with Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson for Cuts Project

Thurston Moore Teams Up with Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson for Cuts Project
Thurston Moore's post-Sonic Youth career has steered him towards yet another collaborative project, with the influential guitarist now set to release an album with Japanese noise legend Merzbow (a.k.a. Masami Akita), sax blaster Mats Gustafsson and drummer Balazs Pandi. A press release confirms he's entered the ranks of the trio's Cuts project for a new double set titled Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper.

A press release notes that the project follows Cuts' self-titled debut from 2013, with this latest collection of improv material adding the "shriekback guitar" of Moore into the mix. It's explained that the four musicians came up with four extended pieces during recordings sessions, which are split up between a pair of CDs. Drummer Pandi described the experiment a "mystery in sound."

"We had no game plan," he said in a statement of the sessions. "That usually does not work so well. It all depends on the day, the energy and of course the room. And oh boy, that room was freakin' spectacular! It actually had a skateboard ramp! It was a truly spectacular recording. It went super-fast — just a wall of noise-poetry with layers and perspectives changing all the time. And to have Thurston Moore in the mix just added colours, layers, energies and sound. It was a very inspired sharing with the others."

All of the musicians have collaborated in one form or another over the years. Merzbow and Gustafsson, for instance, had performed with Sonic Youth at the Roskilde Festival in 2005, with a live recording of the show later being released as Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth in 2008. Merzbow and Gustafsson had also worked together for their One Bird Two Bird release with former Sonic Youth member and soundscapist Jim O'Rourke.

Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper:

Disc 1:

1. Replaced by shame - only two left
2. Divided by steel. Falling gracefully

Disc 2:

3. Too late, too sharp - it is over
4. All his teeth in hand, asking her once more