As a member of the legendary New York rock band Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore has crafted a 26-year career out of dissonance and melody. Equally inspired by the experimental-rock guitar compositions of Glenn Branca and the pop-culture prowess of Madonna, Sonic Youth has constantly challenged the notion of what's accepted in either realm of music.
Trees Outside the Academy is Moore's first song-based solo disc since 1995's Psychic Hearts. The album takes the straight pop sensibilities of Sonic Youth's recent albums Rather Ripped and Sonic Nurse, then translates them into a more acoustic environment.
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