Pin It
Favorite

"Xenophanes," Omar Rodriguez-Lopez 

The latest from the Mars Volta's Rodriguez-Lop is still littered with wonderfully characteristic weirdness, but it’s still good — even easy — to crack open.

click to enlarge art14368.jpg

The 12th solo studio release (and the fourth to come out this year) from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the lauded prog-rocker from At the Drive- In and Mars Volta, is a relief from the unrelenting, labyrinthine mess that was his last record, Cryptomnesia. In fact, Xenophanes is actually quite pleasant to listen to. Rodriguez- Lopez sails drifty Spanish vocals over complex landscapes of meandering guitar and keyboards, but he also roots the record firmly with sensible drum and bass lines.

The album is still littered with the wonderful weirdness that’s characteristic of Rodriguez-Lopez’s music: bizarre guitar effects, strange noises, creepy baritone vocal overdubs and occasional psychedelic freak-outs. At times, the structure of Xenophanes seems a bit formless standing next to the musical Lament Configuration that came before it, but it’s still good — even easy — to crack open. Maybe just a little too easy.

DOWNLOAD: “Asco Que Conmueve los Puntos Erógenos” (Nausea That Moves the Erogenous Zones)

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Connective Tissue
  • Connective Tissue

    Von the Baptist's homegrown and introspective music is grounded in natural chemistry
    • Dec 23, 2014
  • Hanging Around
  • Hanging Around

    Bone Thugs-n-Harmony were the first to popularize singsong hip-hop; now young rappers are catching on
    • Dec 23, 2014
  • Keepin' On
  • Keepin' On

    All around the Inland Northwest, the music scene continues to persevere
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Phlegm Fatale, Siamese Suicide

Phlegm Fatale, Siamese Suicide @ Mootsy's

Sat., Dec. 27

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Chris Dreyer

Most Commented On

  • Fresh Spin

    A local record shop is reincarnated under a new owner, giving this generation a taste of vinyl
    • Nov 25, 2014
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Film


Review


© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation