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Letur-Lefr : 2012 EP EP

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2012 release from the former guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers. John Frusciante has been quiet since leaving the Peppers in 2010, and myriad unofficial reports that he is working on new material haven't resulted in any solo releases, that is until now. Letur-Lefr is an progressive synth pop album which was produced and engineered by Frusciante himself. Recorded in 2010, Letur-Lefr is Frusciante's first solo release since his acclaimed 2009 album The Empyrean, which came out close to a year before he announced his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers

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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0089FIAH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kun Hee Yeo on July 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Everything changes over time. People change over time. They learn new things and apply them to their work and life. Even Red Hot Chili Peppers have changed drastically; Blood Sugar Sex Magik is nothing like Stadium Arcadium (didn't compare with I'm With You because it was made with Josh, not John). This Letur-Lefr EP will also surprise many people, mostly because it differs a lot from Frusciante's work with RHCP. Who would have thought that John would put some Hip-Hop and Rap into his music?

However, if you have followed John Frusciante from his first solo albums - Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt, Smiles From the Streets You Hold ... all the way to The Empyrean, it is no surprise that Frusciante introduces a new style of music - Progressive Synth Pop, as he calls it - in Letur-Lefr EP.

I advice, instead of being critical with Frusciante's new style, try out something new. Listen to this album without thinking about the past. Blank-out your mind and listen to this EP. This is the way to listen to this EP. It is definitely not casual music. The whole album is themed just like all of his previous albums. If you're expecting more Red Hot Chili Peppers stuff, you're in the wrong page.

Anyways, I'll stop yaking about Frusciante-related subject and get into the review for this extraordinary but wonderful EP. This EP is fairly short, the whole album only lasts around 15 minutes. The album title "Letur-Lefr" signigies the transition of two people becoming one, referring to both John Frusciante and his wife Nicole Turley. (they were recently married)

The highlight of this album is that the first track, "In Your Eyes", is a sequel to the last track of the album, "In My Light".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kellee on July 27, 2012
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I was a bit worried when John Frusciante started talking about making electronic music, especially after hearing Speed Dealer Moms (which I didn't connect with at all). Letur-Lefr changed my mind. It's a beautiful and un-classifiable little EP as full of emotion and memorable melody and lyrics as any of Frusciante's solo work. Have an open mind --and maybe read his website-- then follow him down the musical rabbit hole.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Finley on August 8, 2012
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I believe it's safe to say that Letur-Lefr is not an album many non-Frusciante fans are going to dig into and suddenly start following John's highly variable work. From an outsider's perspective, I'd guess the EP might be labeled "experimental" or even "weird". It's 5 tracks run the gamut musically, touching on various electronic styles, including IDM and Hip-Hop, with hints of Frusciante's signature melodic movement and highlights of sound from his guitar.

That being said, as long time Frusciante fan, I am mesmerized by this album, and find little in his prior work to compare it to as a whole. Hints of textures from A Sphere in the Heart of Silence, bits of chord progression from Shadows Collide with People, and even some guitar layers reminiscent of To Record Only Water for Ten Days. Taken in it's entirety, his label of "progressive synth pop" (John provides insights into his process on his website) makes perfect sense, as tracks morph wildly from section to section, introducing quick programmed drum machine work, rap vocals, and even operatic backing vocals. It's all over the place, but in an amazingly cohesive way.

Though much of the EP is synth and drum machine driven, it still contains great warmth and life, a credit both to Frusciante's engineering and his subtle but frequent inclusion of guitar layers, which are no longer central to his compositional style, but still familiar and exciting to hear. Further, there are tons of great vocal moments that have me listening more and more closely, piecing together as much meaning as possible from John's philosophical lyrics. Even the mostly-rap track FM stands out as particularly unique in it's genre, leaving me wondering how the RZA feels about the piece - did he listen back and say, "Wow?"

A quick journey, but a great one. John's come a long way.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 27, 2012
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This is a signal that John has made a new transition w/in his ability to create music. Having done away w/ his old way of creating sound, he has adapted new instruments into his ability and has taken what he started in TROWF10D and mastered the new way of production. This album signals the transition and growth for the past decade. After listening to the album over 5X's now, I hear new things everytime & cannot stop.. I look forward to PBX even more so now. This takes an open mind, but anyone who has SFTSYH knows, that w/ John you have to throw away your preconceived notions of how you can express music as an extension of ones self.
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By alan on June 11, 2013
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Excelent piece of work from a great artist and composer, one of the best man in our times, totally recomended.
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This is why we need people like John Frusciante: for the sheer freedom of his mind that's able to connect 40 years of pop-history and electronics with this day and age. I was getting bored with pop. I took my turn to Contemporary Classical to get excited the way I got when I first listened to the catalogue of Zappa or later on Sonic Youth. I thought the time for big excitement was over (well, maybe 'Boris' from Japan), my ears just to much 'spoiled' with my 10.000 tracks on my ipod. And then: Letur-Lefr...thank god! I was personally in a minor mood because of a 'publisher thing' I was involved in as a writer, and then I listened to this record. It made me so happy!
I always knew that Frusciante could do it, but the question for me was: when? As I read the explanation on his website about how he got here, I began to understand that this record didn't just came out of the fingers, but very much out of his mind. But I don't think the heartless cerebral mind, no, I mean the creative and sensitive mind! It's all over the place. And the strange thing is: the record is like velvet sounding on the one side, and food for thought on the other. It has gloom and depth. It intimidates and invites at the same time. It's wonderful to finally being able again to concentrate and enjoy music at the same time and on all levels.
This is the challenging (art) music that helps me breathe, and inspires my own struggle.
Thanks John for the good and hard work.
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