Picture by Mike Piscitelli
Are you one of the, seemingly many, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fans who have become disillusioned by their musical efforts over the past few years? Have you labeled them sell-outs or commercial? Well you might take joy in the release by the release today of a new solo EP by former guitarist John Frusciante.
Announced to little fanfare, “Letur Lefr” is the precursor to Frusciante’s next album “PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone” which is set for release in September. As stated by the guitarist on www.johnfrusciante.com, ” I sing, play the instruments and am the engineer. The EP features a few friends on vocals, mostly MC’ing.” Apparently being mostly written in 2010 the tracks on this EP did not suit the rest of the PBX album and as such they are being released separately.
In many people’s eyes, the only member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers with any credibility left, Frusciante has been releasing solo music since 1994 to varied degrees of acclaim and success. His 2009 album “The Empyrean” was generally well received and achieved some commercial success, reaching number 151 on the US Billboard 200 and 105 on the UK Albums Chart.
You will be able to purchase “PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone” in Japan on September 12th, in North America on September 25th and in the rest of the world on September 24th. Expect to see a review of “Letur Lefr” soon but until then we will only say, as you would know from his previous work, it is at times quite experimental and electronics feature more heavily on this EP.
Have a listen and let us know what you think.