It’s hard to believe that since Yo La Tengo has been a band, that they never had an actual Bandcamp page. However yesterday the band launched a page and dropped a new ambient recording titled “James and Ira demonstrate mysticism and confusion holds (Monday).” Aside from the five minute run time and the long title, the song is a mix of noise and ambient tones that shows the indie rockers in a new and inventive light.
A statement from Ira of the band reads an explanation of the track:
“If you’ve spent any time hanging out with us at our rehearsal space in Hoboken—that pretty much covers none of you—you’ve heard us playing formlessly (he said, trying to sidestep the word “improvising”). Most of the songs we’ve written in the last 25 years have begun that way, but often we do it for no other reason than to push away the outside world.
In late April, with the outside world weighing on everybody, we determined that the three of us could assemble in Hoboken without disobeying the rules laid out by Governor Murphy, and resumed . . . “practicing” hardly describes it, because we’ve done no practicing per se, and anyway what would be practicing for . . . playing. James set up one microphone in the middle of the room in case we stumbled on something useful for the future. Instead we decided to release something we did right now.”
The song can be streamed or purchased directly from the Matador Records’ Bandcamp page. For now there are no shows or live-streams booked for Yo La Tengo.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Matador Records.