It's hard not to read the Sonic Youth guitarist's new solo joint as a reckoning with SY founders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon’s marital split. "These days are so uncertain," Ranaldo sings. But with Wilco's Nels Cline helping him spool out riffs this serenely pretty, Ranaldo's future sounds assured.
Listen to Lee Ranaldo's "Off the Wall":
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