John Frusciante's latest venture into the musical beyond leads him into the realm of Ian Mackaye, famed frontman of Fugazi. This is the first album that John Frusciante has not actually produced (Other than his albums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers). Being an EP, it is a short 4 song, 14:49 minute album. That is my biggest complaint, as the price simply can't justify it. (Its cheaper than a regular album, but I think something like $7.99 would be more reasonable).
The album starts out with "Dissolve", a philosophical bender with a catchy guitar riff. Lyrics include "Just because you mean what you say/that's not saying/that you're so far into the clean." There are some guitar heroics in the song, but the most noticeable part of the song was no synthesizers. Yes, Frusciante did not use any synthesizers on the album, and I think it brings a more organic quality to the music, which is a very good thing!
"Goals" has the vibe of old Velvet Underground, the guitar riff is so reminisicient of something from Velver Underground & Nico, its haunting! Frusciante's voice seems extremely melacholy, this is him thinking about his past, his loves, and dreams that he had lost.
"A Corner" is another melacholy song, mainly about how people aren't open to new experiences in life. They are more concerned with not knowing anything than exposing themselves to different things. The solo invloves Frusciante using his voice as an extension to the guitar, so he'll sing notes, than play them in succession afterwards.. Its something he hasn't really done much before, but its very powerful and moving!
The album closes out with "Repeating". The guitar is gripping and won't let go, pulling all of the heart strings you have. Its a fitting end to the album, very emotional.
The album gives the impression that Frusciante is still not over what transpired those many years ago. His playing reflects that, its simplistic, with emphasis on the timing between chords. He also plays bass, but again they're simple patterns which complement the guitar and never to drown it out in anyway. Drums are used to maintain a beat, and that's about it. Its a slightly different direction in his music, but similar in more ways than not.