Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and ex-Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez have teamed up for a new project Kimono Kult, an endeavor that might bring us one of the most eclectic efforts this year.
The band has already announced March 4 release of their debut EP "Hiding in the Light," you can pre-order it now via Bandcamp.
Apart from the axemen duo, Kimono Kult consists of guitarist/vocalist Teri Gender Bender, multi-instrumentalist Nicole Turley, Dante White-Aliano on guitar and synths and Laena Geronimo on bass, violin and trumpets.
In case you were wondering about the group's musical direction, their page consist of the following tags: afrobeat, garage rock, no-wave, post-punk, synth-pop, electronic, experimental, funk, melodic, punk rock, surf, Los Angeles. Recording, production and mastering duties will be handled by Turley, who also happens to be Frusciante's wife.
As the official release points out, each band member is "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')." Also substantiating such a stance is the fact that Frusciante has already collaborated with Rodriguez-Lopez in the past, specifically on five out of six Mars Volta records and a solid portion of his solo work.
Focusing on the music, the debut EP is described as "four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy." You can check out the full track listing below.
"Hiding in the Light" track listing:
1. Todo Menos El Dolor
2. Las Esposas3. La Vida Es Una Caja Hermosa4. La Cancion De Alejandra
So this one pretty much has "eclectic" written all over it. Make sure to share your expectations in the comment section.