Listen: Lee Ranaldo ‘Off the Wall’

Listen: Lee Ranaldo 'Off the Wall'

Lee Ranaldo’s songwriting output in Sonic Youth has always been painfully minimal. Averaging about one song per album, his vocal contributions could be compiled into one killer mixtape, but have always been far from prolific.

Now, at last, you can throw in a companion piece to that mix with “Between the Tides & the Time,” Ranaldo’s first song-based solo album, out January 17th on Matador and True Panther.

Over at the Matablog, you can hear leading track, “Off the Wall,” which is unlike any of Ranaldo’s Sonic Youth tracks, merely for its straightforward, classic rock nature. Lee Ranaldo has always had a knack for pop sensibilities in his melodies — his voice has the most fluidity among his SY cohorts, which is in full effect on “Off the Wall,” combined with some nicely layered guitars that all find sweet spots between clean toned and the overdrive switch.

While Thurston Moore’s recent solo efforts, like last year’s “Demolished Thoughts,” stayed pretty close to the ground based in acoustic guitars and a string quartet, “Off the Wall” is a driving pop rocker, worthy of more than a few highway spins.

Check out the MP3 over at Matablog and watch Ranaldo and his band play the song live at the Glasslands in Brooklyn here.

Lee Ranaldo – “Off the Wall”