Beauty and noise fuel Sonic Youth’s album EVOL, which in my opinion stands next to Daydream Nation as an undisputed masterpiece- there’s simply not a bad track on it.
Kim Gordon’s half-whispered, half- hollered Shadow Of A Doubt, inspired by Hitchcock films Shadow Of A Doubt (obviously) and Strangers On A Train uses strangely tuned guitars, lending the track a chiming, almost Oriental quality. It’s gorgeous and disturbing.
Acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Kerslake directed this. It was Sonic Youth’s second video. Full of saturated colour, a la Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes , Kim seems to float above a train surrounded by a dense forest.
It’s simple but hugely effective, and in keeping with the stripped- back music. Kerslake went on to direct many more classic videos.