Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet (2012)

Noctourniquet is the sixth studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on March 26, 2012 on Warner Bros.. Produced by guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, it is the band's first studio album to feature drummer Deantoni Parks, and the first not to include contributions from long-time keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and guitarist John Frusciante. Inspired by the children's nursery rhyme, Solomon Grundy, and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus, Noctourniquet is a concept album, with vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala stating, "It's about embracing life for what it should be. There's a view of the elitist lifestyle - that being an artist is unattainable. I'm trying to write this story that reminds people that we're all artists. Vocalist and lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated that the album's title stems from a story he is writing, entitled The Boy With the Voice in His Knives. He also mentioned on his YouTube channel that he may release the story in a form of graphic novel, with the art contributed by visual artist Zeque Penya. Regarding Noctourniquet's aesthetic, Rodriguez-Lopez noted, "For myself, it was definitely keeping things concise. At first, I had a rule that I was only gonna play four notes per song, but that kind of went away after a while. But it was definitely about limiting the guitar, and just taking all those parts and arranging them for other instruments—mainly the keyboard." Rodriguez-Lopez described the album as "the end of an era," in terms of how he dictates his bandmates recording contributions. Upon the album's release, bassist Juan Alderete noted, "We recorded a lot of it three or four years ago, so it’s hard for me to remember everything. It’s not like I have a lot of time in the studio. Omar just sits me down and wants to get it over with. This one more than ever." - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Bass 
Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals, Lyrics 
Juan Alderete – Bass Guitar 
Deantoni Parks – Drums 

1. The Whip Hand (4:49)
2. Aegis (5:11)
3. Dyslexicon (4:22)
4. Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound (6:43)
5. The Malkin Jewel (4:44)
6. Lapochka (4:16)
7. In Absentia (7:26)
8. Imago (3:58)
9. Molochwalker (3:33)
10. Trinkets Pale of Moon (4:25)
11. Vedamalady (3:54)
12. Noctourniquet (5:39)
13. Zed and Two Naughts (5:36)


Irmak Tomriz said...