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John Frusciante just announced the release of his newest studio album, Enclosure, with his record label, Record Collection. This will be his eleventh solo album, not including those he recorded in the 1990s and 2000s with The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
On Frusciante’s website, he is quoted saying, “Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous five years… Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.”
PBX is a reference to Frusciante’s 2012 release, PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, where he arguably took his first full plunge into an experimental synthetic sound. As combustive of an experiment as PBX was widely regarded, Enclosure already feels like a cohesive, complete product.
“Scratch,” the ten-track album’s closer, is available for free download now on Frusciante’s website. Over the course of about seven minutes, Frusciante layers chaotic percussion, melodic vocals and a waning electric guitar over heavily funkadelic synthetics to craft a rather hypnotizing single. Although “Scratch” was originally written and recorded in 2009 during Frusciante’s recording of The Empyrean, it could not sound more modern and alluring.
Enclosure, in all of its mess and magnetism, will be available in full on April 8th, 2014.