The SYR series of recordings were the right idea at the right time. Issued via Sonic Youth's imprint — beginning in 1997 and continuing, albeit sporadically, to the present day — the releases allowed the group to shrug out of verse-chorus-verse strictures self-imposed as (relatively) new Geffen signees. Lyrics were spare and, if present at all, tended to be impressionist; jams ran long, free-form, and resolutely anti-pop —... More >>>