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‘Sunray Venus’ [demo]
Back in 2003, Kristin Hersh announced that the tour of that year was intended to be Throwing Muses final outing for the forseeable future, and while they have played live somewhat sporadically since, there has been no new output for the Muses, either live or recorded. But this week something special happened; a letter appeared on the band’s website, written by Hersh in her typically direct tone, announcing a potential new release. The letter is a lovely read, and takes forward some of the things that Kristin told Wears The Trousers in an interview in November 2008, specifically that Throwing Muses songs have been hanging around bothering their author for ages. “Songs don’t care how much studio time you can afford, though; they just keep singing themselves at you,” she writes. “And I know a Muses song when I hear it: intricate and dynamic, they’re easy to spot. When one came to me, I would learn it and then put it away.”
It seems that now is the time for Kristin and co. to unpack these hidden songs and share them with their ever-faithful fanbase. The band are hoping to release an album through CASH Music, the project that Kristin and ex-L7 frontwoman Donita Sparks set up in order to allow under-funded musicians to raise money in a non-profit format to finance releases. It’s a superb idea that has worked well for Kristin in particular, and the fans who subscribe to her ‘Strange Angels’ project, who get exclusive downloads, gig tickets and special content in return for their contributions. This will be the first time that a Throwing Muses record will have been funded this way and the project is still in its early days. As Kristin states, “Bernie and Dave are hearing these songs for the first time [online], when they’re posted, and will be working out their parts long distance, Bernie in Seattle and Dave in Rhode Island. I’m in New Orleans, of course, so we definitely have some details to iron out, but for now, we’re just thrilled to be thrilled again. There’s nothing we love more than working.”
The first demo, ‘Sunray Venus’, is an instantly familiar solo acoustic rendering of what is clearly going to be a big, noisy Throwing Muses track; instantly recognisable, oblique lyrics and all, it’s a sign of good things to come. The track can be downloaded for free below under a Creative Commons license; however, Kristin is asking fans to make a contribution via the link below. This is all very exciting stuff and you can get involved; become a Strange Angel or just make a donation here. Kristin’s letter can be found in full here.
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