Lee’s new album ELECTRIC TRIM was released September 15, 2017 on Mute Records. Nine new songs recorded in collaboration with Barcelona producer Raul ‘Refree’ Fernandez in New York City and Barcelona between April 2015 and April 2016, with help from many of the players associated with Lee’s recent music, and some new friends: The Dust - Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Tim Luntzel - Nels Cline, Kid Millions, and Sharon Van Etten, who sings on 6 songs including a duet with Lee on ‘Last Looks,’. Six of the nine lyrics on the record were written in collaboration with American author Jonathan Lethem. Cover and album art by Richard Prince. This album extends the work of Lee’s previous two ‘song’ albums and moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside the live players.
CIMMfest is screening the feature documentary, Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim, on the year-long making of the album by filmmaker Fred Riedel (who did Lee’s Black Out video from Last Night On Earth).