After announcing a string of concert dates with At the Drive-In, I wondered what would come from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and their band The Mars Volta. I got my answer when two new songs from their upcoming album ‘Noctourniquet’(Warner) were released onto Youtube yesterday. These two unauthorized streams were later taken down, but luckily I found one of the songs, ‘Zed and Two Naughts‘ on soundcloud.
The track itself is amazing, and weirdly enough does not remind me of anything I’ve heard before from The Mars Volta or any other band out there. The song starts out with some ambient sounds and what sounds like a woman moaning a melody. This then leads into a very odd verse with excellent instrumentation whether it is the drums (that sound like they’re a mix of programed and natural sounds) or the sporadic guitar. The best part of the verse is definitely the synthesizer/keyboard which is the main instrument throughout the track. The listener is then left a second of silence and then the chorus comes in, the chorus to this track is truly odd yet wonderful. It features a great soaring melody provided by Bixler-Zavala. The chorus also contains an awesome pounding bass that is set back in the mix.
Around the three minute mark you get an odd synth break which leads into another part of the song that features a grinding guitar part and a very, very odd sounding guitar. Around the 3:55 mark comes my favorite part of the track which slows down and consists of Vocals, synth, and guitar drums. This slowly builds up to the chorus coming in around the 4:50 mark when the music comes in full tilt with the chorus. In addition to the chorus an odd synth loop is added which brings the song to a whole new level.
Overall the Mars Volta is an interesting band who has released so many albums, with so many sounds, that the listener may get overwhelmed. Expect no difference with this track, and hopefully the other tracks on ‘Noctourniquet’ which comes out on March 27th.
Check Out The Stream of the new song HERE