Sonic Youth icon Kim Gordon returns to her solo venture, unveiling details about her upcoming sophomore release, “The Collective,” accompanied by the intriguing new track, ‘Bye Bye.’
Lyrically, the song navigates a packing list, casually mentioning designers, essential items, and subtle reminders. While on paper, these could resemble notes-app bullet points, when coupled with a delectably dark instrumental score, ‘Bye Bye’ takes on a cinematic quality, feeling like it’s lifted straight from the silver screen.
Gordon’s distinctive bass and guitar styling shine brilliantly. The track maintains a glitchy and aggressive demeanor without veering into excess, striking a perfect balance. Gordon collaborates with her long-time partner, producer Justin Raisen, known for his work with avant-garde artists like Charli XCX and Yves Tumor. Together, they create a cinematically extravagant track, merging Gordon’s punk roots with Raisen’s electronic expertise.
While it might sound unconventional to say a song caters to film enthusiasts, ‘Bye Bye’ is undoubtedly tailor-made for fans of “Gone Girl.” It could seamlessly serve as an alternative soundtrack to the infamous ‘cool girl’ scene, with its glitchy undertones pulsating through the track, evoking a sense of pure anger and malevolence.
The track narrates the story of a woman on the run, devoid of context or backstory. The accompanying music video seems to draw inspiration from cinematic elements, featuring the protagonist hacking off her hair with a stone-cold gaze in the mirror. ‘Bye Bye’ is a anthem for aficionados of unlikable female characters, women fueled by rage, and individuals with cold, calculated mindsets, capturing that intense energy.
From the music video, helmed by director Clara Balzary, to the production quality, and Gordon’s enduring musical prowess, the track feels like a harmonious convergence of perfectly matched elements. This release hints at significant developments on the forthcoming album, creating anticipation for Gordon’s best work yet.
The ability to craft a track intended to signify complete sensory overload, panic, and rage, while ensuring it remains irresistibly listenable, is a remarkable achievement. ‘Bye Bye’ serves as evidence that Gordon continues to shine as a luminary in the alternative music scene, fueling excitement for the full album slated for release on March 8th.