John Frusciante offers new electronic album, ‘Maya,’ confirms new Red Hot Chili Peppers material in worksJohn Frusciante PC Peter PakvisRedfernsGetty

John Frusciante offers new electronic album, ‘Maya,’ confirms new Red Hot Chili Peppers material in works

Since his high-profile return to longtime band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante has yielded a fruitful year, lacking in neither collaborative or solo endeavors. Returning with the first material in six years under his own name, the lauded guitarist has unveiled a new electronic album, Maya. Titled in honor of his late cat of 15 years, the nine-track record encompasses a myriad of glitchy breakbeats, breaching experimental and futuristic territories. Frusciante prepared for the production of the album through self-imposed limitations and, “rules that made the music-making process as difficult as possible.”

“Throughout the recording of Maya, I would prepare to make each track very slowly, but would finish tracks very quickly. I’d spend weeks making breakbeats, souping up a drum machine, making DX7 patches, and so on. By the time an idea came up that seemed like the beginning of a tune, I had a lot of fresh elements ready to go,” stated Frusciante.

Despite being temporarily halted by the pandemic, the Chili Peppers are currently writing music, according to Frusciante on a Double J interview. The four-piece rock outfit have resumed rehearsing and “are moving ahead” with new material. Frusciante also revealed his involvement in the drums has taken a different form than previously, sharing,

“I am in involved in the drums in a different way than I have been. Chad and I have an interactive thing, different than we did before. Before, I didn’t even know the difference between a ride cymbal and a crash cymbal. Now, I am a drummer in my own way through breakbeats and drum machines, so a lot of the drums are crazier than what we have done before.”

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