"Scratch" - John Frusciante [SoundCloud Stream & Free Download]

Patrick Lyons

by Patrick Lyons

Published February 19, 2014

In addition to his upcoming album with avant-garde supergroup Kimono Kult, Ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante has an 11th solo album on the way. Yesterday, he announced that Enclosure would hit shelves on April 8th, and shared "Scratch," the album's leadoff single. Stream it above via SoundCloud, and download it for free by entering in your email address into the box below.

Since leaving the immensely popular Peppers in 2009, Frusciante has ventured into stranger territories, experimenting with Aphex Twin-style drum programming and using it to make some sort of love child between drum & bass, synth pop, hip hop and alt rock. With one full length (2012's PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone) and two EPs released in this style, Frusciante said in a statement released yesterday that Enclosure would be the culmination of this sound:

Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years. It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.”

In contrast with the relatively straightforward Black Knights album mentioned above, which came out in January and was produced entirely by Frusciante, "Scratch" is a composition that feels like the product of one man's very open mindset. Drum patterns vary by the measure, Frusciante's voice fluctuates between soulful and gruff, and the song's structure is all over the place. There were stranger compositions on PBX, but "Scratch" represents the kind of careful treading of the line between poppy and avant-garde that has defined Frusciante's post-Peppers solo work.

Stay tuned for more info on Enclosure, and revisit Kimono Kult's "Todo Menos El Dolor" right here on Zumic.


Source: John Frusciante Official Website

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