Så er der endelig nyt fra John Frusciante! Både ny EP og ny LP inden længe

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Jeg har netop modtaget nedenstående mail fra John Frusciante, tidligere guitarist i Red Hot Chili Peppers og hovedansvarlig for deres største hits. Jeg må have tilmeldt mig et nyhedsbrev på et tidspunkt, for vi er ellers ikke på mail eller anden form for kontakt. Det er en-vejs beundring fra min side. Han skriver:

Hello people,

There are two new John Frusciante records coming out. The first is an EP entitled Letur-Lefr, and the second is an LP entitled PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone. I sing, play the instruments and am the engineer. The EP features a few friends on vocals, mostly MC’ing. The LP has one feature, the rest of the vocals being my own.

I consider my music to be Progressive Synth Pop, which says nothing about what it sounds like, but does describe my basic approach. I combine aspects of many styles of music and create my own musical forms by way of electronic instruments.

The tracks on Letur-Lefr are from 2010 and PBX was made in 2011. Letur is a compilation, a selected portion of music I made that year while PBX was conceived as an album, the songs having been recorded in succession. The records are very different from each other, so prior to the release of the LP, I will make available a free download of a song called Walls and Doors. This song pointed the way towards PBX, but was recorded 7 months earlier. I always took it for granted that Walls and Doors would be part of the record, but as it turned out the record was better off without it.

Letur-Lefr will be released in Japan on July 4th, in North America on July 17th, and in the rest of the world on July 16th. You can pre-order the EP, which will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette and in 32 bit, FLAC and MP3 digital formats here.

PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone will be released in Japan on September 12th, in North America on September 25th and in the rest of the world on September 24th. Like Letur-Lefr, PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette and in multiple digital formats.

Jeg er simpelthen så glad for at høre om nyt fra John Frusciante. Hvorfor? Fordi han er en af de mest kompetente musikere jeg kan komme i tanker om. Fordi han går sine helt egne vegne, i trods med alle forventninger. Fordi han er i stand til at forlade hvad der må være et af verdens største og mest succesfulde rockbands nogensinde – mens de er på toppen (det sidste album John medvirkede på, Stadium Arcadium fra 2006, var det bedst sælgende album i USA det år det udkom). Fordi han tilsyneladende er ligeglad med alt undtagen en konstant søgen efter det sande, det ægte, det smukke i livet. Han er en kunstner hvor de fleste andre faker de sidste 20%.

Det vil være på sin plads at tage John Frusciante op i en grundigere gennemgang i den nærmeste fremtid. Det vil jeg gøre.

Hvis du ikke er hjemme i Johns musik ved siden af RHCP kan du få en på smag varerne her:

John Frusciante – Going Inside (fra albummet To Record Only Water For Ten Days fra 2001). Videoen er instrueret af en anden meget fascinerende mand: Vincent Gallo (!)

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