Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo Releases Acoustic Version of “Thrown Over the Wall”

Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Linkedin Reddit

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo has shared an acoustic session version of ‘Thrown Over The Wall’, the third track to be taken from his brand new solo album, Electric Trim, due out on 15 September 2017.

Ranaldo explains, “This is a song for the resistance: We use a telescope to measure great distances, a micrometer or microscope to explore minutia. The scale is vast, from infinite to infinitesimal; we humans but a momentary blip on the cosmic timeline. Last of your kind? RESIST / Eyes Ahead / Inclusion not Exclusion / RESIST.”

The acoustic version ‘Thrown Over The Wall’ was recorded in Prague and Rome during Ranaldo’s 2016 tour, and edited by Lee Ranaldo. Lyrics for the track were written by the author Jonathan Lethem and Lee Ranaldo.

Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer Raül ‘Refree’ Fernandez and extends the work of Ranaldo’s solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth.

Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players.

Ranaldo is a co-founder of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, producer and writer. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests on Electric Trim, including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on ‘Last Looks’ and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Wilco). In addition, the album features Ranaldo’s band The Dust (fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht, and bassist Tim Luntzel).

Ranaldo collaborated with award winning New York author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn / The Fortress of Solitude) for lyrics on six of the songs, including ‘Thrown Over The Wall’, and the American artist, Richard Prince, who previously painted the sleeve for Sonic Youth’s 2004 album Sonic Nurse, created the artwork for the album.


Lee Ranaldo – vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, electronics, drums, marimba
Raül Refree – acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, electronics and programming, bass, drums, backing vocals
Sharon Van Etten – vocals
Alan Licht – electric guitar
Tim Luntzel – bajo
Nels Cline – electric guitar
Steve Shelley – drums
Kid Millions – drums
Xavi de la Salud – trumpets and flugelhorns
Cody Ranaldo – electronics
Mar Girona – backing vocals


24 Oct – Los Angeles, CA / Zebulon
25 Oct – San Francisco, CA / The Chapel
27 Oct – Portland, OR / Bunk Bar
28 Oct – Seattle, WA / Barboza
29 Oct – Vancouver, BC / The Cobalt
1 Nov – Burlington, VT / ArtsRiot
2 Nov – Montreal, QUE / La Sala Rossa
3 Nov – Toronto, ONT / Great Hall
4 Nov – Detroit, MI / El Club
5 Nov – Chicago, IL / Subterranean
8 Nov – Boston, MA / ONCE Ballroom
9 Nov – Brooklyn, NY / Bell House
10 Nov – Philadelphia, PA / Johnny Brenda’s
11 Nov – Washington, DC / Black Cat

About Author

New England