The Mars Volta's New Single, "The Malkin Jewel," Now Streaming
February 17, 2012
The Mars Volta has unveiled "The Malkin Jewel," the first single from its forthcoming sixth album Noctourniquet (out March 27 on Warner Bros. Records), at the newly revamped themarsvolta.com
. Fans can pre-order the new album while previewing "The Malkin Jewel," also premiering today in the UK on Radio 1 as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World, and other features of the new themarsvolta.com
As with previous Mars Volta albums, including the gold-certified De-Loused in the Comatorium and Frances the Mute and the Bedlam in Goliath (which featured Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy winner "Wax Simulacra"), Noctourniquet was written by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala and produced by Rodriguez-Lopez. The 13-track album explores musical territories previously uncharted in the duo's 20 or so years of creating music together. The spectrum of musical and emotional textures conceived and created by Rodriguez-Lopez on Noctourniquet ranges from the opening bombast of "The Whip Hand" to the menacing crawl of "The Malkin Jewel" punctuated throughout by hypnotic melodies and borderline electro-ambient washes, most notably in the epic "In Absentia." The bold diversity of the new material combined with Rodriguez-Lopez's assured producer's hand guiding The Mars Volta's most confident and refined performances to date make Noctourniquet an early contender for this year's most challenging and rewarding listen.
Noctourniquet was performed by The Mars Volta lineup of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete de la Pena, Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, and Deantoni Parks.
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