Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante announced two new albums slated for release later this year in an informal note posted to his personal website.
First to arrive will be Letur-Lefr on July 17 in the U.S. and Canada (Japanese fans get a head start with a release date of July 4), an EP that will precede the LP, entitled PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, which will be available Sept. 12 in Japan and Sept. 25 in North America.
Letur-Lefr was recorded in 2010 and will have a handful of featured artists, while PBX was made in 2011 and will almost entirely feature Frusciante’s vocals. These are the guitarist’s first solo releases since 2009’s full-length The Empyrean.
Frusciante himself did the guitars, vocals and engineering for both releases.
“I consider my music to be Progressive Synth Pop, which says nothing about what it sounds like, but does describe my basic approach,” Frusciante said. “I combine aspects of many styles of music and create my own musical forms by way of electronic instruments.”
Frusciante differentiates between the releases by calling the EP “a compilation,” while the LP “was conceived as an album, the songs having been recorded in succession.”
As a teaser for the PBX, Frusciante will release a song that didn’t make it onto the album called “Walls and Doors.” The song “pointed the way towards PBX, but was recorded 7 months earlier,” he said.
Both releases will be available on CD, 12” vinyl, cassette (in case there are a few cassette deck purists and/or cheap asses still hanging on out there), MP3, FLAC or WAV files.
Letur-Lefr is currently available for pre-order on Frusciante’s website, which will also post a link to pre-order PBX closer to the release date.