John Frusciante “PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone” | Record Collection
“I might mention that Walls And Doors was also the first time my electronic instruments had begun to convey the visceral energy that one associates with people beating the fuck out of their instruments, in the context of a pop song.” – John Frusciante
Originally born in Queens, New York and raised in Santa Monica, CA, John Frusciante’s approach to the guitar is singularly his and he has created a body of work that goes far beyond explanation. As a human being who has played the biggest to smallest venues, he is constantly reinventing himself and the possibilities of his musicianship. In recent times, Frusciante stepped completely outside of the light of product making endeavors and the stadium rock band that has shaped much of his career (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) to further expand on his approach to sound. Letur-Lefr and PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone are the results of this breaking away from his path and it is the latter album that we are reviewing today at Sound Colour Vibration.
In an attempt to change his musical identity, Frusciante removes the guitar heavy approaches of his past works for more experimentation into the digital realm while retaining the organic analog production techniques of the 60’s and 70’s. Machines take the front seat now with John Frusciante still playing an active role on the drums, guitars and bass. He plays every sound you hear on PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone with the exception of guest violin work from Laena Geronimo and a vocal appearance from Killarmy and Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Kinetic 9. The tone on the guitar in the opening number “Intro/Sabam” is incredible and the funky hip hop section that ensues out of it is worth the price of admission alone. Backwards guitars, a classic hip hop drum break and tons of layers woven inside of the main melody, it’s a sound only Frusciante can get regardless of how technical or non technical each component of the song is and is the perfect introduction to a diverse electronic based record.
PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone is a very beautiful sound and one that I am very happy to see Frusciante approach sound with this much freedom into the electronic domain. The music is very much alive and continues a path of an artist who refuses to compromise. There are so many things I’d love to say about this record but in the end, the feeling that I get from the record is what is the real purpose of why we started SCV. PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone is a really fun, energetic and simple album with nothing to hide; something I stand by with how well each song is crafted into the digital and analog worlds together.
All songs produced, written and performed by John Frusciante except for “Ratiug,” assisted by Kinetic 9 and “Uprane,” featuring Laena Geronimo on the violin solo
John Frusciante – Production
Anthony Zamora – Studio Manager
Cover Art by
Mike Piscitelli – Photo
John Frusciante – Artwork & Cover Design
Julian Chavez – Cover Design
All Tracks Mixed by John Frusciante
***Photo by Mike Piscitelli