Release Date: Sep 4, 2020
Record label: Fire Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
In the years following Throwing Muses' 2013 album Purgatory/Paradise, Kristin Hersh focused on the louder side of her music. On 50 Foot Wave's 2016 EP Bath White and 2018's excellent solo album Possible Dust Clouds, she seemed determined to exorcise her troubles with sheer volume. Of course, her music is a force of nature no matter which project she's working with, and Sun Racket shows that the Muses still have plenty of noisy catharsis to offer as well.
Throwing Muses somewhat fittingly return with 10 near-perfect tracks to mark their 10th studio album. Sun Racket is all that you’d want from a Throwing Muses album and after a career spanning almost 40 years (30 years with this iteration of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo, and Bernard Georges)—this is an album that is on a par with their very best work. It’s also their first album in seven years, since 2013’s Purgatory/Paradise, and as ever there is that visceral tension between light and shade, loud and quiet, joy and anguish which have all been Kristin Hersh’s muses since she began songwriting back in the early ’80s.
Water tends to feature frequently in the lyrics of Kristin Hersh. There’s been the very important combo of Soap And Water and imagery of waterfalls where there’s Cold Water Coming. In Milan, water is murky. Torque was written underwater apparently, and whilst we’re shutting the fuck up in Pneuma there’s even more of it.