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Stream the debut EP from John Frusciante and Omar Rodríguez-López’s new super group Kimono Kult

on March 03, 2014, 10:57am

Kimono Kult is a newfound sextet featuring former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and ex-Mars Volta and At The Drive-In guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López. “Shot-called” by Neurotic Yell Records CEO and Swahili Blonde’s Nicole Turley, the super group is also fronted by singer Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows) and features instrumentalists Dante White (Dante Vs. Zombies) and Laena Geronimo (Raw Geronimo). The collective will release its debut EP, Hiding in the Light, on March 4th via Neurotic Yell. In anticipation, the four-track effort is streaming in full below.

Billed as “four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy,” Hiding in the Light was recorded and produced by Turley, who also provides bass, drum machine, trumpets, synths, and backing vocals. It’s a sprawling and wonderfully spastic effort, displaying hauntingly jarring and experimental compositions. There are backwards string arrangements from Rodríguez-López on opener “Todos Menos el Dolor”, frightening and robotic noises paired with Gender Bender’s shrieking vocals on “Las Esposas”, as well as Turley’s skittering drum machine beats mixed with organy synths on “La Vida Es Su Caja Hermosa”. All in all, the EP is a strange yet beautiful collection of progressively eclectic songs.

Interestingly, Hiding in the Light is sung almost entirely in Spanish. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Gender Bender explained the decision to perform the songs in the language: “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.” On the EP, that approach is evident as her sharp and biting vocals take on an otherworldly presence.

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Vaporizer Pen
April 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

great issues altogether, you just won a new reader.
What might you recommend about your put up that you just made a few days in the
past? Any positive?

Anonymous
March 10, 2014 at 8:38 am

Wow this is not for the hipster crew or the pop-loving music noobs.

The spanish women are very out of place. This would have been great minus the vocals.

Anonymous
March 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Not a fan of the Spanish, the music itself is great…

Love to John and Omar

Anonymous
March 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The only thing that makes this sound like Frusciante is that it is extremely “out There”. Me no like !!

Anonymous
March 6, 2014 at 1:33 am

I think I am just so used to John going mental with his recent work that this sounds tame and not as insane as everyone is making it out to be. THis was not advertised to the right place. All the people who only know chili peppers and/or mars volta are wanting a crossover, not this. Whereas I, who knows that would never happen, was expecting something a lot crazier than this. I had not even heard this was being made. That is what is messed up here.

Sammychu
March 6, 2014 at 12:37 am

If you liked John Frusciate’s last two experimental albums and Omar Rodriguez solo stuff, then you’ll probably enjoy this album. With a super-group with the likes of John and Omar you’ll expect some awesome guitar riffs, solos, 20 minute jams, etc….yeah, You’ll get none of that.

Check out Omar Rodriguez Quartet “Sepulcros del Miel” if you really wanna hear Omar and John jam it out…

Also dont talk crap on Terry, shes an awesome singer.
You should check out her other projects such as Bosnian Rainbows and Le Bucherrettes which features Terry Gender Bender, the lead singer. those are really fun to listen to and theyre in English,

This is still a semi good debut, not what I expected.

“la cancion de Alejandra” is my favorite

Sonia Afonso
March 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm

é muito bom para dançar, ja comecei a gostar / so good to dance, im already enjoying it

Anonymous
March 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

very bad

Cock
March 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm

This is shit.

Anonymous
March 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Dear John Fanboys,
Consider not to like anything that has his brand on it. Really annoying. Even John knows that this is bullshit.

Anonymous
March 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Yah, WTF!!! This sucks!!!

Anonymous
March 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

Hey I’m up for anything but this sounds like many other Euro synth pop throw away shit

Anonymous
March 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

I like when Omar actually plays music not just ambient noise for the sake of art.
you know, like this trash is.

still mad.

Amber Turrill
March 5, 2014 at 2:14 am

Wow. I really, really love this. Glad to hear they put it together!

GonzoM
March 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

I’m really liking this :) It brings a new appreciation to dissonance and makes you search for the melody. And I’m picking up on the distinct stylistic elements brought to the band. I think people are just having a hard time because they are expecting RHCP and Mars Volta, not a brand new unique entity.

Awesome! Will definitely keep listening!

maiphatdong
March 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm

ew

Anonymous
March 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

not into it

Twisted Sister
March 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Sound wise is interesting. The singing is terrible though.

Dieter (@DieterDeux)
March 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

This must be what it was like watching Picasso paint crazy cubist portraits for the first time. At first, you’re thinking “she’s got 3 eyeballs man, what the heck”. Then after a while you start to appreciate it. Weird stuff for sure, but I kind of like it.

Anonymous
March 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm

the dub elements ruined the rest of it… all i get is a dub step version of mars volta… with out the energy… I LOVE the two big names in this group ( Rodriguez and Frusciante ) but as a whole with the rest i think it just missed the mark… triste…

Anonymous
March 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

wtf!!