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  • Vinyl (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rodriguez Lopez Productions
  • ASIN: B001U7B55G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Tuberculoids
2. Half Kleptos
3. Cryptomnesia
4. They're Coming to Get You, Barbara
5. Puny Humans
6. Shake Is for 8th Graders
7. Noir
8. Paper Cunts
9. Elderly Pair Beaten with Hammer
10. Warren Oates

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Cryptomnesia is the first release by EL GRUPO NUEVO DE OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ. EL GRUPO NUEVO DE OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ is differentiated from the guitarist's other namesake projects by his selection of players, specifically Zach Hill (HELLA) on drums, Jonathan Hischke (HELLA) on synth bass, and Juan Alderete de la Pe¤a (THE MARS VOLTA) on bass guitar. Additionally, Cryptomnesia features the vocals of guest frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala (THE MARS VOLTA).

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If you prefer the softer side of Mars Volta, buy Octahedron, a very solid album.
Customer from Quebec
If you're interested in this album as a casual Mars Volta fan, or a fan of Omar, or a fan of Zack Hill just go ahead and pick this album up somewhere, and soon.
A. P. Duvall
The third song, the title track, sounds like an experimental TMV song and is really good.
Joshua Miller

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alaric on May 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Maybe the most unique LP from ORL to date:

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Sharrock elements of Omar Rodriguez's diverse influences make themselves know here. Zach Hill's drumming perfectly compliments Omar's style, and we get to hear Juan doing what he does best on bass: intricate shredding. The polyrhythmic chaos gives the sense of the most horrifying Scandinavian paintings and the jaunty humor of Captain Beefheart alternately. Cedric's first display of off-kilter melodies and a return to more hardcore and more obviously punk influenced lyrics is both refreshing and unsettling; there is little to suggest THIS sort of performance, looking over the vocals evident in ATDI and even the greater majority of Mars Volta pieces prior to Bedlam in Goliath. The Frank Zappa comparison is apt, and there is frankly nothing approaching ORL's diverse, large and ever growing catalog.

If math-rock, noise, hardcore vocals mixed with the structural elements of the Mahavishnu orchestra and Bavarian Polka, with the rhythmic and melodic sensibilities of free-jazz composers of the likes of Anthony Braxton and John Zorn leaves you distraught, non plussed, or just plain outraged, this album cannot be recommended on any terms.

BUT the best part is: there are two more LP's ready and waiting to make it down the distribution pipes- so if you like this, there is more to come!

(No. 2 from the Grupo Nuevo due for release in September: Xenophanes [Greek Philosopher just prior to Heraclites].)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keller Madison on May 5, 2009
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Although I was unsure if this record would be different than some of them more recent non-Mars Volta releases from Omar Rodriguez Lopez, I am more than thrilled to hear Cryptomnesia! These songs are fast, furious and to the point. The Vocals by Cedric Bixler Zavala on each of the songs, are what make this record stand out above the rest. I think this may be his best vocal performance EVER. I love The Mars Volta, but this is what I've been wanting to hear from these guys...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keller Madison on May 5, 2009
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Although I was unsure if this record would be different than some of them more recent non-Mars Volta releases from Omar Rodriguez Lopez, I am more than thrilled to hear Cryptomnesia! These songs are fast, furious and to the point. The Vocals by Cedric Bixler Zavala on each of the songs, are what make this record stand out above the rest. I think this may be his best vocal performance EVER. I love The Mars Volta, but this is what I've been wanting to hear from these guys...
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Treat this album with more than one listen and you're in for a REAL diamond in Omar's already large catalog of releases. Just wanted to say that off the bat because a lot of people I know just hear the "freak out" parts and just sort of shut down to the album, which is a real shame.

The album I daresay is Cedric's finest hour... Everything he says just feels real, not contrived but not improvisational, not arbitrary yet never clear. I could go on and on about the singing on this album, I'm really not sure why, but the anger or I guess ferocity with which he says most of the lyrics it just really is great.

Omar and Zach are (un)surprisingly an incredible match. If you're thinking the two are going to sound like TMV mixed with Hella, you're right. Omar's guitar parts are more like that of his work on De-Loused surprisingly... much more riffed based throughout but when the solos come, they COME. Zach of course is a force of nature but under control and on top of the beat, while still delivering his incredibly musical and melodic drumming to Omar's "madness". The bass(es?) are fantastic. The bassline and beat on Half Kleptos is just damn tight.

I'm just going to add: Once you get past the track "Noir" you're in for a serious treat if you remotely like anything associated with these artists... It's just truly incredible.

My only fear is that this just becomes another one time thing with Omar... Would be a damn shame. While I don't expect a new album any time soon, I really, really hope something happens with this group in the future. The chemistry is just too good to not continue.

I can see how this album simply doesn't appeal to certain people, but really I'm astonished by the amount of Omar and Hill fans who found this "too weird". It's seriously good.
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Besides typically releasing one album per year with The Mars Volta, guitarist/musical director Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has a rather startling output of work. The amount of music this man releases each year is shocking and most of it is rather inaccessible to fans of his work with TMV and At the Drive-In. Cryptomnesia is not a solo album by Rodriguez-Lopez, but a very short LP that began as a musical collaboration between Rodriguez-Lopez, a couple other members of TMV, and the drummer of Hella; Zach Hill. The music was never released and a couple years later, Cedric Bixler-Zavala added some lyrics and vocals to the music and the result is this album.

Obviously, one can't expect a cohesive album here and Cryptomnesia is definitely not cohesive. It's littered with sound effects, it's choppy, the song titles are clearly not being taken seriously, and the record sounds rushed and unpolished. Don't perceive these thoughts as negative, because much of the album still works remarkably well. It's much more accessible than many of Rodriguez-Lopez' solo albums and it'll obviously attract many TMV fans (especially those disappointed by the pop quality of their last release Octahedron).

The first song "Tuberculoids" has very catchy music and is, actually, a really great song. "Half Kleptos" also is one of the most memorable off the album with lyrics that surprisingly make sense. The third song, the title track, sounds like an experimental TMV song and is really good. "They're Coming to Get You, Barbara" is an instrumental that seems like a sort of abstract, sonic collage. "Puny Humans" sounds like TMV and ATDI, with a strong punk influence throughout. The song is a little bi-polar, but pretty good. "Shake is for 8th Graders" is basically the final two minutes of the previous song.
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