Frusciante, Rodriguez-Lopez Supergroup Streaming Debut Album

Check out Kimono Kult's "Hiding in the Light" inside.

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John Frusciante and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez are officially streaming the entire debut EP of their latest project Kimono Kult.

Released yesterday (March 4) via Neurotic Yell, "Hiding in the Light" is described as "four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy." The songs are all in Spanish and delve heavily into the experimental domain.

Apart from former Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mars Volta guitarists, Kimono Kult consists of four additional musicians - guitarist/vocalist Teri Gender Bender, multi-instrumentalist Nicole Turley, Dante White-Aliano on guitar and synths and Laena Geronimo on bass, violin and trumpets. Turley was also in charge of production duties.

Chatting with Rolling Stone, Gender Bender discussed the language approach in more detail, saying, "The Spanish language is so beautiful that it has the right to be approached in any way possible. There is so much left to explore - pronunciation, etc. Because Spanish-speaking singers are strict with so many unspoken rules, I approached my mother language as if I were an alien from outer space. That was the mindset."

Make sure to check out the record in the player below (via Consequence of Sound) and share your thoughts in the comments.

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    That was terrible, I'm all for creative impulses but damn, that is straight up terrible music.
    As much as I love John's solo work and Mars Volta, I just can't seem to get into this. Not for me which is sad as I was really looking forward to this.
    I quite like it but I've followed all of John's and Omar's work through to solo and Bosnian Rainbows so this isn't too different so quite an easy listen. I don't speak Spanish but the projects these two have been involved with have never been about the lyrics.
    Sometimes you just gotta let the creative juices flow... I gotta say though the spanish singing on the funky bass is kinda groovy.
    Yeah, I head the previews from a month ago and sadly they were the actual previews. The music sounds like this mess of sounds put together, maybe its just because I'm not a big electronic fan but I really liked his new song he originally wrote in 2009 and finally released:
    At least Frusciante seems to be moving away from the crazy overkill electronics and pushing them more to the background on his next record. I'd rather have more Mars Volta as opposed to this; however. Not terrible, just disappointing.