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  • Summary: The latest solo release for the Sonic Youth artist features three extended instrumental experimental tracks.
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  1. Oct 8, 2019
    Spirit Counsel is a testament to Moore’s musical vision, no wave roots, tonal sound and guitar style as he remains both clanging and melodic. Adventurous listeners will reap rewards from the textures and endless twists/turns Moore brings to these three long guitar-based passages.
  2. Sep 23, 2019
    Even with its imposing length, Spirit Counsel is arguably the most accessible entry point into Moore’s boundless experimental canon.
  3. Uncut
    Sep 23, 2019
    Come for songs and you'll be left wanting, but as a holy distillation of Moore's influences, Spirit Counsel impresses. [Oct 2019, p.30]
  4. The Wire
    Sep 23, 2019
    Unlike the alluring textural build-up that precedes it, this rocking culmination feels frustratingly empty, as if missing a voice. ... Eventually [on "8 Spring Street"] a groovy, almost accidental rock lick is dispersed by a radiant conclusion. ... [On "Galaxies (Sky)"] Picked and bowed strings sound pleasant like wind chimes, then painful like nails scraping across a blackboard. The guitarists’ incessant repetitions are reminiscent of Orthrelm’s OV until a lone guitar breaks the cycle by oscillating sharp chords, augmenting them to saturation. [Oct 2019, p.56]
  5. Oct 1, 2019
    Spirit Counsel doesn’t make for an easy listen, but largely because of its length. Moore’s compositional work and tonal explorations remain intriguing on repeated listens.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 23, 2019
    [Alice Moki Jayne's] one-hour length is rather testing. The 29-minute 8 Spring Streeet is more structured and achieves a thrilling momentum. ... 35 minutes in [Galaxies (Sky)], the 12-strong, 12-string "guitar army," directed by Moore hit a breathtaking peak. It feels like a spectacular end, but then there are still over 20 minutes to go. [Oct 2019, p.86]
  7. Sep 30, 2019
    Spirit Counsel is an ambitious but focused masterwork of Moore's expansive and specific approach to experimental instrumental music.
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  1. Oct 4, 2019
    Great album. Not an easy listen, tho. If you're into long, shapeless, ever expanding noise/free-form stuff in the vein of Glenn Branca orGreat album. Not an easy listen, tho. If you're into long, shapeless, ever expanding noise/free-form stuff in the vein of Glenn Branca or drone music, this may be for you. Personally I liked it a lot, and it hasn't happened in a very long while with Thurston Moore, at least since his old Sonic Youth days circa "Washing Machine". Expand