John Frusciante: War and Peace

Hamarosan megjelenik John Frusciante új nagylemeze, az Enclosure, ebből az alkalomból készült a gitárossal egy hosszabb interjú.

Can you tell us how you fell in love with guitar and why you wanted to play?
When I was a little kid, it seemed clear that if I learned how to play an instrument, I’d be able to play the music I heard in my head, music I’d never heard in the real world. My parents wouldn’t get me an electric guitar, though. I tried to start playing when I was 7, but I thought acoustic was boring—it wasn’t the sound that I wanted to hear. I managed to get an electric guitar when I was 12. As a little kid in Santa Monica, Led Zeppelin and Kiss were the big things. I would hear Jimmy Page and wonder how a person’s hands could get those sounds. Guitar for me has always been about the sound of the instrument, not the physicality. Physicality is just this thing between your imagination and the sound that comes out.

Is expression the same for you on all instruments? Or is guitar a special tool?
The guitar is the best way for me to study other people’s music. Since I started playing, I’ve probably spent more time learning off records than doing any other activity in life. Doing that has so many values, among them the ability to think about music in intellectual terms. Not just hearing what you like and enjoy, but analyzing it and getting inside the heads of the people who played or wrote it. I like learning all the parts of a piece of music so I really know why I feel what I feel in the best terms that my mind is capable of understanding. I like to play one of the parts, but be able to visualize the rest of the parts and think about their relationship to each other in terms of intervals and rhythmic spaces.

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John Frusciante – Enclosure

John Frusciante Enclosure

Csak így a semmiből, április 8-án új John Frusciante nagylemez jelenik meg, Enclosure címmel.

Egy kis review a lemezről:

A dark, pounding synth pulses as John Frusciante’s falsetto spreads over it and chants, “I’ll tell you… I’ll tell you”, in the opening track of his latest solo excursion. This juxtaposition is just one recope from a composer who knows how to build authentically and has become extremely gifted at layering imagery over catchy melodies. Even if some of the ideas spiral off into dissonant directions, the parts still jell.

Just as Frusciante’s last few albums were forays into the prog-pop landscape, Enclosure uses drum machines and expansive effects to set the mood. Though Frusciante interjects guitar solos seemingly at will, some fans may feel the genius guitar playing he’s known for is understated here, especially when compared to the influential work of his Chili Pepper past. Yet over the nine tracks, Frusciante’s solos – like the one that kidnaps the entire last half of “Stage” – arrive not as mere tangents, but as the main event: Guitar is an oscillating vehicle that carries his music into new planes.

Several tunes give off a refreshing ’80s vibe without going too far – think good ’80s, like Peter Gabriel but with the sensibilities of Radiohead. Frusciante uses effects like organ sounds to create depth behind his strong voice as it volleys through verses, and he skillfully weaves complex guitar and keyboard harmonies into the accompaniment. All tracks have vocals except “Cinch”, a more than six-minute opus framed entirely by distorted guitar arpeggios and fretboard flexing.

Frusciante is pushing the limits of his singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist palette, and the art he’s making is a god marriage of groove and noodle, possessing the kind of balance that keeps a song a song without getting too messy or alienating the audience. It might be difficult to hear the songs as a cohesive statement across the entire album, but each individual gem is such an enjoyable capsule of creation and tinkering that it’s quite an adventurous and athletic listen.