Thursday, May 6, 2010

Virtuoso Twins of Unknown Origin

File today's post under odd. After taking a lazy month, I went on a crusade (for the strength of the great Roman Empire, of course) for new music this week. I found a project that I'm still not 100% sure I like, or that I even get for that matter, but really want to.

The release in question belongs to a joint effort between Omar Rodriguez Lopez (of Mars Volta, At the Drive In) and John Frusciante (of RHCP fame).  Before Frusciante left the chili peppers, he had collaberated with Omar on a number of his solo projects (of which there are countless).  The two apparently hit it off and decided to do a joint EP.  Frusciante will also be featured on the next Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet album.

Like I said, I'm still trying to place this one and with these two, you can make a pretty safe bet that it's strange.  The album is completely instrumental and even then, almost entirely guitars (with only a few drum samples present on 2 tracks).  A latin feel shines through the tracks, however, not without a dark, mysterious overtone, indicative of both guitarist's styles.  The closest comparison I can make this entire album to is the brief, mellowed out transitions made on Mars Volta albums between cacophonic walls of sound.  The style and sound are almost unmistakably Lopez, yet it has an emotion and softness I'd never heard before from the prog king.

The nice part is that it is available as a pay-what-you-can download, with proceeds going to the "Keep Music in Schools" foundation.  So, if you're a little aprehensive, you don't have to shell out much to take a listen.

-You look out the window just to stare at your reflection