As one of the founding members of Sonic Youth and on his own, Lee Ranaldo bridges the gaps between experimental music and the larger world of alternative rock. Along with former bandmate Thurston Moore, Ranaldo developed an innovative approach to the electric guitar with unique tunings and a percussive playing style and lent an atmospheric, vaguely psychedelic undertow to their music on tracks like "Eric's Trip." During his years with Sonic Youth, Ranaldo's solo releases were a platform for his more introspective music, such as 1998's Amarillo Ramp (For Robert Smithson). He also embarked on collaborations with fellow experimental music luminaries on albums like 1998's Clouds, one of several works with percussionist William Hooker. When the band's time came to an end, Ranaldo incorporated some of the more structured songwriting into ...
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