Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta) and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) have released a seven-track album, which is awesome in and of itself.
Yet what’s even better is that the album is available either for a free download or a donation of your choosing, with any and all donations to be given to various “Keep Music in Schools” projects.
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The all-instrumental release, which was just posted Friday and is available here, will reportedly also be available on vinyl and CD sometime this year.
The pair’s creative explorations go back some time. Among other things, Frusciante — who split with the Chili Peppers in December 2009 — is the executive producer of Rodriguez-Lopez’s upcoming film, The Sentimental Engine Slayer. And Rodriguez-Lopez guested on the Chili Pepper’s Stadium Arcadium, laying down the guitar solo on “Especially in Michigan.” Mars Volta and the Chili Peppers also toured together in support of the Stadium Arcadium release.
Up next is a second collaboration later this year, which will also feature Mars Volta’s Juan Alderete on bass and Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar’s younger brother, on synths and percussion, according to Frusciante’s Wikipedia page.