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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez


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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars An outstanding solo album from THE MARS VOLTA guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Released in 2007 this was his fourth studio album at the time, I was shocked to see he's released 50 some studio albums now. His brother plays drums on this instrumental album, well all instrumental except for some male vocals almost spoken on one track. We get sax, clarinet, bass and a variety of keyboards including plenty of clavinet and synths.

"Melting Chariots" opens with some great sounding bass as clavinet, drums and horns join in quickly. It settles with intricate guitar, bass and drums 2 minutes in then the clavinet returns along with that earlier sound. "Knee Deep In The Loving Hush Of Heresy" opens with an all out assault but it settles quickly. Nice guitar 2 minutes in as it turns experimental. Some crazy outbursts after 3 minutes then back to horns and that experimental sound. It kicks in again after 4 minutes.

"Jacob Van Lennepkade II" is an 18 1/2 minute tour de force. Or maybe trippy force would be more accurate. Active drumming with horns over top to start out. It's kind of melancholic with the horn bringing NUCLEUS to mind. Some ripping guitar takes over for the horn after a minute. He is lighting it up until just after 4 1/2 minutes as the horn returns. Synths will lead for a while as the active drumming continues. Check out the clavinet then the horn leads after 8 1/2 minutes but they both will light it up here for some time. The horn is dissonant 13 minutes in but it's brief as the guitar returns shredding. An impressive section.

"Fuerza De Laboracion" begins with synths I believe as other sounds join in. It calms right down and it's dark and experimental as well. Nice. Percussion around a minute as guitar and clavinet join in. Male processed vocals follow pretty much spoken until 3 1/2 minutes in and it's avant right to the end from here. "Sparked From The Insult List" is brighter and quite catchy. Horns before a minute and synths follow. Some intensity after 1 1/2 minutes then a calm with flute, bass and a beat after 2 minutes. The guitar starts to solo slowly a minute later. A Latin vibe to this one.

Baby Fat" opens with atmosphere as guitars and beats join in. It's kind of cool and I like when it kicks in hard before 2 minutes to the end. "The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange" is one of my favourites. More of a soundscape of atmosphere and spacey sounds. Experimental too. A lone horn cries out of the atmosphere after 2 minutes and continues for some time. It's haunting 7 1/2 minutes in. "Coma Pony" has a catchy beat with piano as guitar comes in over top. Such a relaxing guitar solo. Love this. A horn takes over before 3 minutes and I really like that base of drums and bass.

A very solid 4 stars for this adventurous album.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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