In one of the more unexpected album releases, guitarist John Frusciante has just released an acid house album. Frusciante, who has been on indefinite leave from the Chilli Peppers since 2009, has been working on acid house since 2002. The album will be released using the artist name of Trickfinger.
Per his website: “I started being serious about following my dream to make electronic music, and to be my own engineer, five years ago. For the 10 years prior to that, I had been playing guitar along with a wide range of different types of programmed synthesizer and sample based music, emulating as best as I could, what I heard.
In 2007 I started to learn how to program all the instruments we associate with Acid House music and some other hardware. For about 7 months I didn’t record anything. Then I started recording, playing 10 or so synced machines through a small mixer into a CD burner. This was all experimental Acid House, my skills at making rock music playing no part in it whatsoever. I had lost interest in traditional songwriting and I was excited about finding new methods for creating music. I’d surround myself with machines, program one and then another and enjoy what was a fascinating process from beginning to end.
In summary, Acid served as a good starting point for me, very gradually leading me to be able to combine whatever styles of music I want, as a one man band.”
Check out a sample of each of the album tracks below on a Soundcloud playlist:
1. After Below
2. Before Above