John Frusciante
4-Track Guitar Music


2.0
poor

Review

by tommygun USER (14 Reviews)
May 7th, 2016 | 21 replies


Release Date: 11/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: something is not right

An interesting new addition to the Bandcamp database is ‘JF Directly from JF’: a series of offcuts from the increasingly erratic electronic experiments that led to the underwhelming Enclosure (2014). After stumbling through several bleep bloop/drum machine tracks, I was pleasantly surprised to land on an EP titled 4-Track Guitar Music. After all, from the vast array of musical styles covered within Frusciante’s discography, some of the finest moments are found when he simply stacks guitars on more guitars; from the spritely ‘Untitled #6’ to the eerie ‘For Air’ to the genuinely moving ‘Ramparts’. Unfortunately, though all those familiar components are here - the loops, the tape-flipping backwards passages, the interweaving cascades of notes - the majority of 4-Track Guitar Music fails to reach any great heights. This is due in part to some baffling production choices, namely the inexplicably loud drum machines drowning out the otherwise promising ‘Untitled 3 mix 2 !!’ and ‘Untitled 5 mix 2 !!’. Elsewhere, the EP is marred by a lack of direction. This isn’t inherently problematic when noting that previous meanderings - e.g. the back half of Niandra LaDes - often led to magical places like ‘Untitled #2’ via Frusciante’s instinctive ear for melody. However, when combined with his frequent rejection of consonance here it creates an impenetrable wall between album and listener. Of particular note is that unsettling Fripp-esque brand of atonal wank shite which permeates ‘Untitled 4 mix 4 !!’. While it’s nice to hear John put down the synths for a while, the bulk of 4-Track Guitar Music is tuneless, joyless, and utterly forgettable.



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tommygun
May 7th 2016


26691 Comments


sup fellas been a while

stream: http://jfdirectlyfromjf.bandcamp.com/album/4-track-guitar-music

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


39297 Comments


His career has really gone down the crapper damn

tommygun
May 7th 2016


26691 Comments


glug glug glug

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


39297 Comments


Barely even listen to his good stuff anymore just bores me

good review mate

tommygun
May 7th 2016


26691 Comments


cheers m9 when did you get contrib? i ain't been paying attention, congrats

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


39297 Comments


Only about a month ago, one of those outta nowhere field promotions, exciting times

OZZGabriel
May 7th 2016


299 Comments


Didn't give this a proper listen, only bits here and there.
I don't mind his electronic phase that much, the last two albums are ok - they're nowhere near Empyrean-level but they're...intriguing

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2016


11538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice one tommy, how have you been buddy

tommygun
May 7th 2016


26691 Comments


thanks pal, well thanks! got the itch to write again

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


2060 Comments


Oh hell yea a tommy review autopos writing is pre good too

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


39297 Comments


Automatic Writing III: Autopos Writing

tommygun
May 7th 2016


26691 Comments


featuring j klinghoffer on drumz

thanks jac nice to see you

gj on getting staff hope you and your bird(s) are well

JigglyPDiddy
May 7th 2016


3210 Comments


#newdothackerwhen

I think Frusciante's really dug himself a hole. As stated before, his career's been deadcowing for a while now, with The Empyrean being his last amazing joint.

On a side note, I REALLY would like a new Dot Hacker record. Josh is an angel even if I'm With You sucked ass.

Digging: Iglooghost - Ne? Wax Bloom

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


39297 Comments


nah IWY is great

OZZGabriel
May 7th 2016


299 Comments


whoa, it's been two years already since Dot Hacker released those two albums?

JigglyPDiddy
May 7th 2016


3210 Comments


IWY was safe af. Even safer than Stadium.

@OZZ: almost!

WhiteNoise
May 8th 2016


3566 Comments


So what does everyone think about the new chili peppers song?

They've finally done what I've wanted them to do for years, ditch Rick Rubin and get a good mix.

tommygun
May 8th 2016


26691 Comments


it's decent, cool bass and piano and vibe

drum sounds are a total disaster (handclap snare)

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
May 8th 2016


1367 Comments


John needs to stop this nonsense. Good work Tom.

SitarHero
May 8th 2016


5937 Comments


Fuckin great review Tommy. I had no idea you were such a rad reviewer.



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