Cryptomnesia [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Released on Cinco de Mayo, Cryptomnesia (defined as "inadvertent plagiarism") is the first of three recordings done in 2006 by El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, a side project of the guitarist and producer of the Mars Volta. Rodriguez-Lopez enlisted the talents of bandmate Juan Alderete de la Peña on bass and Zach Hill and Jonathan Hischke of Hella on drums and synth bass, respectively, along with Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala for lyrics and vocals on eight of the album's 11 cuts. Rodriguez-Lopez has been prolific since the middle of the aughts, issuing no less than ten previous recordings on various labels since 2004! While the most recent ones have ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Released on Cinco de Mayo, Cryptomnesia (defined as "inadvertent plagiarism") is the first of three recordings done in 2006 by El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, a side project of the guitarist and producer of the Mars Volta. Rodriguez-Lopez enlisted the talents of bandmate Juan Alderete de la Peña on bass and Zach Hill and Jonathan Hischke of Hella on drums and synth bass, respectively, along with Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala for lyrics and vocals on eight of the album's 11 cuts. Rodriguez-Lopez has been prolific since the middle of the aughts, issuing no less than ten previous recordings on various labels since 2004! While the most recent ones have revealed a more experimental and formal compositional bent and elaborate production, this earlier material is no less wildly creative and daring, though it can be seen as a much more logical extension of the Mars Volta's musical adventures than as something with his own complete musical stamp on it, as his more recent recordings have been. There are some exceptions, such as "They're Coming to Get You, Barbara," with its dense, repetitive layers of guitars over careening keyboards and Hill's manic drumming. Rodriguez-Lopez keeps his freak flag flying high while anchoring the tune with de la Peña's bassline and his own lead lines. The stop-start, key-shifting mayhem that is "Puny Humans" is far more progressive flip-a-zoid rock than initially meets the ear and comes out of Rodriguez-Lopez's love for the more strident experiments of King Crimson. While he may want to be regarded as a composer and producer as much as he is a guitarist, it is always the latter that stuns the listener. The playing on tracks such as "Warren Oates," with its frenetic pace yet tastefully placed waves of notes and phrases, or the Zappa-esque riffage on the title track, is so completely above the level of virtually every other rocker on the scene that it's impossible not to get sucked in. Cryptomnesia is a tough, rugged, and wildly ambitious set of far-reaching -- sometimes overly so -- compositions reflecting the rapid growth of one of the new century's most genuinely talented and visionary musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Sargent House
  • UPC: 613481019524
  • Catalog Number: 1952
  • Sales rank: 50,970

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tuberculoids (4:17)
  2. 2 Half Kleptos (3:09)
  3. 3 Cryptomnesia (6:03)
  4. 4 They're Coming to Get You, Barbara (4:01)
  5. 5 Puny Humans (2:30)
  6. 6 Shake Is for 8th Graders (2:12)
  7. 7 Noir (3:45)
  8. 8 Paper Cunts (2:51)
  9. 9 Elderly Pair Beaten with Hammer (2:03)
  10. 10 Warren Oates (4:55)
  11. 11 Fuck Your Mouth (0:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez Primary Artist
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Jonathan Hischke Synthesizer Bass, Group Member
Zach Hill Drums, Group Member
Cedric Bixler-Zavala Vocals
Juan Alderete De La Pena Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Isaiah Abolin Engineer
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Arranger, Composer, Audio Production
Jon DeBaun Engineer
Pete Lyman Mastering
Cedric Bixler-Zavala Composer
Lars Stalfors Engineer
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