Next week, Soundgarden are releasing a career-spanning 3-disc compilation called Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, and they've released "Kristi" as a preview.
The song was meant to go on 1996's Down On The Upside, but has languished in obscurity ever since. They don't say why it was scrapped, but "Kristi" embodies the mid-nineties sound completely. The verses are marked by stark staccato guitars, and the chorus drones like Alice in Chains' "Rooster." Listen to the track above.
Guitarist Kim Thayil spoke to Stereogum about the track:
This is the original and ultimate studio version of “Kristi.” Recorded and tracked during the Down On The Upside sessions, it was set aside, never mixed or mastered, and until now, never released. It was always considered an unfinished gem from the sessions. Thanks to producer Adam Kasper and Matt Cameron, who kept reminding the rest of us that it needed to be completed and released. Given a brilliant mix by Adam, this song delivers the doom, foreboding and tension that has long been a signature of much of Soundgarden’s songwriting, especially in our earlier works.
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