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Kim Gordon Releases New Single & Video “Psychedelic Orgasm” – New Album Out Friday 8th March via Matador Records

March 6, 2024
Credit: Danielle Neu






Musician and visual artist Kim Gordon will release her highly anticipated second solo album, The Collective, this Friday, March 8th. Today, she offers one more early taste of the album with ‘Psychedelic Orgasm’. A video for the track is also out today, directed by Gordon and musician/filmmaker/producer Vice Cooler. With its quick cuts and upside down tableaus of desiccated pumpkins, giant inflatables and shopping mall escalators, the Los Angeles-set clip is as disorienting as ‘Psychedelic Orgasm’ itself.

Kim delivers another abrasive creation with this haunting depth to the atmosphere, filled with mammoth synth sounds resonating with the industrial textures that collide and course through the soundscape. Gordon’s renowned vocal notes soar above the gritty tonalities and inject this crucial delivery into the mix.

Gordon today also announces UK, European and further North American tour dates. The UK shows will see her playing Koko in London on June 25th and the O2 Institute2 in Birmingham on June 26th. A full rundown of the tour dates can be found below

The Collective:

There was a space in Kim Gordon’s No Home Record. It might not have been a home and it might not have been a record, but I seem to recall there was a space. Boulevards, bedrooms, instruments were played, recorded, the voice and its utterances, straining a way through the rhythms and the chords, threaded in some shared place, we met there, the guitar came too, there fell a peal of cymbals, driving on the music. We listened, we turned our back to the walls, slithered through the city at night. Kim Gordon’s words in our ears, her eyes, she saw, she knew, she remembered, she liked. We were moving somewhere. No home record. Moving.

Now I’m listening to The Collective. And I’m thinking, what has been done to this space, how has she treated it, it’s not here the same way, not quite. I mean, not at all. On this evidence, it splintered, glittered, crashed and burned. It’s dark here. Can I love you with my eyes open? “It’s Dark Inside.” Haunted by synthesized voices bodiless. Planes of projections. Mirrors get your gun and the echo of a well-known tune, comes in liminal, yet never not hanging around, part of the atmosphere, fading in and out, like she says – Grinding at the edges. Grinding at us all, grinding us away. Hurting, scraping. Sediments, layers, of recorded emissions, mined, twisted, refracted. That makes the music. This shimmering, airless geology, agitated, quarried, cries made in data, bounced down underground tunnels, reaching our ears. We recalled it – but not as a memory, more like how you recall a product, when it’s flawed.

She sings “Shelf Warmer” so it sounds like shelf life, it sounds radioactive, inside our relationships, juddering, the beats chattering, edgy, the pain of love in the gift shop, assembled in hollow booms, in scratching claps. Non-reciprocal gift giving, there is a return policy. But – novel idea – A hand and a kiss. How about that. Disruption. I would say that Kim Gordon is thinking about how thinking is, now. Conceptual artists do that, did that. “I Don’t Miss My Mind.” The record opens with a list, but the list is under the title “BYE BYE.” The list says milk thistle, dog sitter…. And much more. She’s leaving. Why is the list anxious? How divisive is mascara? It’s on the list. I am packing, listening to the list. Is it mine, or hers.

She began seeking images from behind her closed eyes. Putting them to music. But I need to keep my eyes open as I walk the streets, with noise cancelled by the airbuds rammed in my ears. quiet, aware, quiet, aware, they chant at me. What could be going through Kim’s head as she goes through mine?”

Written by English artist Josephine Pryde

Recorded in Gordon’s native Los Angeles, The Collective follows her 2019 full-length debut No Home Record and continues her collaboration with producer Justin Raisen (Lil Yachty, John Cale, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Charli XCX, Yves Tumor), with additional production from Anthony Paul Lopez. The album advances their joint world building, with Raisin’s damaged, blown out dub and trap constructions playing the foil to Gordon’s intuitive word collages and hooky mantras, which conjure communication, commercial sublimation and sensory overload.



2. The Candy House

3. I Don’t Miss My Mind

4. I’m a Man

5. Trophies

6. It’s Dark Inside

7. Psychedelic Orgasm

8. Tree House

9. Shelf Warmer

10. The Believers

11. Dream Dollar

LIVE DATES (new dates in bold)

March 21 –  Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

March 22 –  Washington, DC –  Black Cat

March 23 – Queens, NY –  Knockdown Center

March 27 –  Los Angeles, CA –  The Regent Theater

March 29 –  Ventura, CA –  Music Hall

March 30 –  San Francisco, CA –  Fillmore

June 7 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

June 8 – Chicago, IL – Beyond the Gate @ Bohemian National Cemetery

June 9 – Detroit, MI – El Club

June 10 – Toronto, ON – Axis Club

June 12 – Hudson, NY – Basilica Hudson

June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

June 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

June 17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall

June 18 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle

June 19 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

June 21 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

June 22 – Vienna, VA – Out and About Festival

June 25 – London, UK – Koko

June 26 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute2 Birmingham

June 28 – Graz, AZ – Elevate Festival

July 1 – Munich, DE – Muffatwerk

July 2 – Prague, CZ – Meet Factory

July 3 – Gdynia, PL – Open’er Festival

July 5 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival

July 28 – Naeba, JP – Fuji Rock Festival

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