The Mars Volta – Francis The Mute

September 13, 2007 at 1:15 pm (alternative, music)


I´m a little bit lazy today, so I just copy & paste the wiki post about the record, sorry but I´m not in the mood to write, next time will be better for sure!

Frances the Mute is comparable to The Mars Volta’s 2003 release De-Loused in the Comatorium, with its cryptic, verbose lyrics, largely improvised musical interludes and highly layered instrumentals, although the progressive rock influence is stronger on Frances the Mute than it was on De-Loused in the Comatorium. The band’s musical influences are more prominent; the guitar solo on “The Widow” seems inspired by classic rock, and much of the album has a psychedelic feel to it. Perhaps due to inspiration from such Pink Floyd albums as Meddle, ambient noise plays a larger role on Frances the Mute than it does on De-Loused in the Comatorium. “Miranda That Ghost Just Isn’t Holy Anymore,” for example, begins with 4 minutes of coquí frogs singing while a thick soundscape is slowly built from Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s voice and synthesizers.

Another distinct aspect of Frances the Mute is that the songs often move through several rather different stages. For example, “Cygnus…Vismund Cygnus” begins quietly with a lone acoustic guitar eventually joined by Cedric Bixler-Zavala softly singing. The song then turns into something resembling a chaotic hybrid of funk and metal, with Bixler-Zavala singing some of the lyrics in Spanish. Following this stage of the song, it shifts yet again, this time into an odd time-signatured rhythm accompanied by a guitar solo. This stage builds to a crescendo of jazz fusion, followed by a jam in 10/8. The song ends with a barrage of ambient noise and strange sound effects.


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1 Comment

  1. ryanwordvision said,

    A wikipedia copy/paste?


    nah, its all good. Just wanted to say that the Mars Volta…amazing amazing band.

    If you like stuff similar to their sound, (very unique, but it exists) than check out Porcupine Tree.

    Progressive rock. Incredible band (seriously)

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