Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: Cryptomnesia on 5/5/09

Omar Rodriguez Lopez El Grupo Nuevo: Cryptomnesia, out May 5 on Rodriguez Lopez Productions

Cryptomnesia is the first release in a series of three albums recorded in 2006 by EL GRUPO NUEVO DE OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ. Despite the name of the group, Rodriguez-Lopez is quick to point out that THE MARS VOLTA remains far and away his top priority. EL GRUPO NUEVO... is differentiated from the guitarist's other namesake projects by his selection of players, specifically Zach Hill (HELLA) on drums, Jonathan Hischke (HELLA) on synth bass, and Juan Alderete de la Peña (THE MARS VOLTA) on bass guitar. Additionally, Cryptomnesia features the vocals of guest frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala on eight of the album's eleven tracks.

Rodriguez-Lopez completed the album in 2006, shortly after finishing THE MARS VOLTA's Amputechture. Cryptomnesia's tracks are a decidedly heavier affair than that album, a conscious decision on his part to switch gears from writing horn arrangements and complex instrumentation for an octet; it is, therefore, comparatively stripped-down and aggressive, with Hill's presence injecting a dose of chaos and inertia that are a keystone of the EL GRUPO NUEVO... sound. Bixler-Zavala's vocals, tracked in 2008 after two years of his dwelling on the enormity of the recording, are certain to send even the most casual of listeners running for their lyric sheet. The ever-prolific Rodriguez-Lopez continues to set the bar higher and higher for himself. EL GRUPO NUEVO DE OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ has been the stuff of rumors for three years; Cryptomnesia proves more than worth the wait.

* A special limited advance vinyl offering of only 3,000 copies will be made available exclusively to Indie Retail in honor of RECORD STORE DAY on April 18. The album will see its official release on May 5, 2009.

Cryptomnesia Track List:

1. TUBERCULOIDS
2. HALF KLEPTOS
3. CRYPTOMNESIA
4. THEY'RE COMING TO GET YOU, BARBARA
5. PUNY HUMANS
6. SHAKE IS FOR 8TH GRADERS
7. NOIR
8. PAPER CUNTS
9. ELDERLY PAIR BEATEN WITH HAMMER
10. WARREN OATES
11. FUCK YOUR MOUTH

This track is from another recent Omar release - 2009's Old Money (dude may be the most prolific artist on the planet right now), it's awesome:

The Mars Volta will release a new album on June 19. The working title is said to be Octahedron.


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SmashySmashy Mon 3/30/2009 02:29PM
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SmashySmashy

sicky.

yourmammaz Mon 3/30/2009 02:29PM
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Great track listing. I wonder why nobody ever wrote songs about paper cunts before this. It must be musical brilliance.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/30/2009 02:39PM
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Conjugal Burning

Omar never stops and I am along for the twisted ride.

bloggersrlosers starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/30/2009 02:40PM
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bloggersrlosers

wow... tool-mars volta co-headlining tour please, cuz it looks like my phish-dead coheadlining wish isnt coming true

satyagraaha starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/30/2009 04:36PM
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omar is the man. period.

honkeyTRON Mon 3/30/2009 08:42PM
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Omar & Cedric get the award for all-time best song titles. Runner-up: Acid Mothers Temple.

boom shanker Mon 3/30/2009 09:35PM
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boom shanker

huh, sounds like mars volta

briank67 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/31/2009 01:52AM
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briank67

nice! hopefully 'stripped-down' means 'more guitar' because omar is amazing!

gbsmoker42 Tue 3/31/2009 10:50AM
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YEEEEE

mhalper Tue 3/31/2009 02:25PM
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mhalper

haha, i think it's the wrong URL posted in the article

http://www.rodriguezlopez.com

honkeyTRON Tue 3/31/2009 09:02PM
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Damn, Omar! that's some resume: musician, composer, producer, and purveyor of high-end ambulance conversions!