(Sonic Youth, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange)
Released on September 10, 2013
Body/Head are an electric guitar duo
comprised of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth,
Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire
Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) The pair began
working together in various loose formats a
few years ago, but the Body/Head concept
evolved more specifically in early 2012.
Initially their approach was almost entirely
instrumental — lattices of interwoven
feedback rainbows, with bits recalling
everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They
usually performed against a backdrop of
slow-motion film projection, creating a dream
narrative of undeniable power and visionary
Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon
after, and the vocals now have become an
intrinsic part of their musical architecture.
They have even started writing and playing
“songs” now, compositionally distinct from
their purely aleatory origins, but still featuring
lots of built-in improvisational space.