Quasi come una tradizione che si rinnova, anche l’inizio di quest’anno ci regala una news inaspettata, un nuovo progetto con Omar Rodriguez-Lopez chiamato Kimono Kult. Da quel che si legge nella descrizione, non una semplice all-star band ma un progetto partorito della polistrumentista Nicole Turley, leader di Swahili Blonde e boss della Neurotic Yell per cui uscirà l’ep di esordio Hiding In The Light, quattro tracce che vedono la collaborazione di Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows), John Frusciante, la stessa Turley, Dante White-Aliano (Dante vs Zombies, Starlite Desperation, Lost Kids, Detroit Cobras) e della violinista Laena Geronimo. Probabilmente l’ep verrà pubblicato anche in formato fisico ma, al momento, è disponibile solo il preordine per il formato digitale che verrà reso disponibile il 4 marzo a questo link. Di seguito potete leggere la descrizione riportata a quella stessa pagina. Aspettiamo fiduciosi, buon 2014 intanto!
Out of the blue once again, the new year brings us an expected news about Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: a new project named Kimono Kult led by multi-instrumentalist Nicole Turley, mastermind of Swahili Blonde and boss of Neurotic Yell label which will release the four songs debut ep Hiding In The Light. The band features Turley, Omar, John Frusciante, Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows) as vocalist, Dante White-Aliano (Dante vs Zombies, Starlite Desperation, Lost Kids, Detroit Cobras) and the violinist Laena Geronimo. No words about a physical release yet but preorder is up for digitial release at this page, the ep will be released on March 4th. In the meantime, read more about the band and the songs and check the artwork down on this page. Happy 2014 too!
1. Todo Menos El Dolor
2. Las Esposas
3. La Vida Es Una Caja Hermosa
4. La Cancion De Alejandra
The hazy horizon of Los Angeles. Since it iproves perpetually unpredictable, it is not odd when one finds their co-conspirators in disparate locales, often smoothing out the vague and jagged status quos that are only a figment of our own minds anyway. Enter KIMONO KULT, who’s initiates include current and ex- members of Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bosnian Rainbows, Swahili Blonde, Le Butcherettes, Dante Vs. Zombies, and Raw Geronimo – all who are adamant that this is not some “all-star” vanity project. In fact, one cannot even SEE Kimono Kult – one can only HEAR Kimono Kult (in theory with the true definition of OCCULT as “something hidden”).
A new project recorded, produced and shot-called by Neurotic Yell CEO and Swahili Blonde mastermind Nicole Turley, Kimono Kult synthesizes all the signature styles and influences from a cream of crop wrecking crew she has at her immediate grasp. Vocally fronted by the untamable Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows) their debut EP “Hiding In The Light” are four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/ avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy.
Opening the record, you hear Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows) backwards string-arrangement on “Todo Memos el Dolor” (“Everything, Anything But The Pain”), initially reminiscent of Scott Walker’s “It’s Raining Today” before the drum machines anchor it into more modern territory. Teri’s shrill vocals plead with hybrid emotion as they tip-toe through the minimalist abstraction, while hallucinatory synths help narrate the tapestry. “Las Esposas” (The Wives) begins with a mysterious spoken-word intro, referencing a taunting, dusty 16mm film that may hold such Jodorowskian phantasmagoria, beckoning the character like an estranged lover as Omar’s slithering guitar line interlaces science-fiction beeps/bloops over Nicole’s pounding electro-rhythm. “La Vida Es Una Caja Hermosa” (Life Is A Beautiful Box) sees some fractured, sour synths filling voids between a post-punk dub foundation, while guitar interplay between Dante White (Dante Vs. Zombies, Starlite Desperation) and John Frusciante help build a mountain of subtle sonic thunder before it all dissolves gingerly into unanticipated silence. The EP ends with it’s catchiest accessible track “La Cancion de Alexandra” (Song Of Alexandra), an anthemic procession of self-realization where devotion and sacrifice hold hands. Some playfully sophisticated strings from Laena Geronimo (Raw Geronimo) push and pull with dueling trumpet lines to the forefront of this defiant, re-imagined march, Terri Gender Bender taking the role of the writhing Pied Piper as the credits begin to roll of this brief but incredibly resonant recording. – Gabriel Hart
releases 04 March 2014
Lyrics by Teri Gender Bender
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – guitar, synths, strings
Teri Gender Bender – vocals, guitar
John Frusciante – guitar
Nicole Turley – drum machine, bass, synths, trumpets, backing vocals
Dante White-Aliano – guitar, synths
Laena Geronimo – bass, violin, trumpets
Recorded, mixed, produced, and mastered by Nicole Turley