Omar Rodriguez-Lopez drops his fifth solo album of 2010, in Tychozorente
, which is available to stream as well as purchase (for a minumum of $6.99) from the link.
Another artist who has made the switch to mostly digital distribution in the last year or two, Omar seems to have found a way to easily distribute the almost perverse number of albums he can publish in a year. His newest effort, Tychozorente is a slightly unusual beast even as Omar Rodriguez-Lopez albums go, featuring no guitar whatsoever. Working with DJ Nobody
, his brother Marcel
(percussionist for The Mars Volta as well as regular hand on Omar's solo projects) and his partner Ximena Sarinana Rivera (who has essentially replaced Cedric Bixler-Zavala
's rare appearances on the last five solo albums, and become a regular member) they have constructed an album of electronic and sampled audio, at times even evoking elements of some of the Warp Records
Having recently directed his third film The Sentimental Engine Slayer
(first to see an actual release after an intervention from his actors, and which then previewed at Tribeca, Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals, among others) he has stated a desire to back away from his previous controlling behaviour
. How much this newfound collaborative philosophy was a part of this new album is anybody's guess, considering the backlog of albums he apparently has that may someday see release, and a fundamental change in style or approach to an album is pretty much de rigueur for Omar, but aside from his work with John Frusciante
) that tends towards the more avante garde and ambient, this does feel like a unique project.
Considering he has at least two more solo albums scheduled for release this year, is working on a new Mars Volta album, the recent production
of Juliette Lewis's non and the Licks
album, the debut album
from le Butcherettes
and the release of his 20th solo album in 6 years, it seems remarkable that more fuss isn't made over him simply for his prolific nature, let alone talent and originality.