Contact Us

John Frusciante, ‘Walls and Doors’ – Song Review

'Wall and Doors'
Record Collection

What has John Frusciante been up to since announcing his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2009? It wasn’t long ago that his frequent collaborator, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta, said that Frusciante is ”in a different place right now” and is “living by different standards with a different philosophy, so he doesn’t want to be a part of anything that he knows is going to end up being a product.” In other words, Rodriguez-Lopez insisted, Frusciante had no desire to release music of any form in the near future.

Turns out, Omar was wrong. Not long after that, Frusciante himself announced plans to issue an EP titled ‘Letur-Lefr,’ which recently dropped, and which will be followed by a full-length solo album, ‘PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone,’ due later this year. A preview of the disc in the form of a free download of the track ‘Walls and Doors’ currently is available, and if the tune is any indication of what to expect from ’PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone,’ things are about to get pretty damn weird.

“This song, recorded in September 2010, marks the point at which I began combining ’60s and early ’70s production styles with modern electronic production styles,” Frusciante reveals in an online post. “This song was also the first time I successfully balanced pop music with abstract forms of music. This song showed me that the pop parts of myself and the more adventurous parts of myself could blend without one compromising the scope of the other.”

The result is one of the most schizophrenic recordings ever to arrive in the guitarist’s consistently challenging and sometimes bizarre solo career. His 1994 solo debut, ‘Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt,’ which he recorded in the throes of heroin addiction, combined avant-garde and stream-of-consciousness musical styles, and rarely has he returned to standard rock fare.

That said, whatever you think of ‘Walls and Doors,’ it does showcase the work of an incredibly imaginative and skilled composer, and it’s certainly unlike anything you’ve ever heard or will likely ever hear again. That’s gotta be worth something, right?

Get John Frusciante’s ‘Walls and Doors’

6 out of 10 diffuser.fm rating

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://diffuser.fm using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Diffuser.fm quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Diffuser.fm quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!