Album Review: ‘Enclosure’ by John Frusciante


“I believe in what I’m doing and I don’t give a f**k what anybody thinks of it” said John Frusciante in a recent radio interview. His latest album called ‘Enclosure’ seems to confirm his words, because his up-to-the-minute album not in the slightest way bears any resemblance to his fleet-fingered riffs, which were prevalent in Red Hot Chili Pepper’s greatest hits.

‘Enclosure’ is Frusciante’s 11th solo studio-album and proceeds where its synth-pop predecessor, ‘PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone’, cut it out. It consists of nine songs and additional two Japanese bonus tracks – ‘Vesiou’ and ‘Scratch’. The songs reside solidly in the realm of experimental electronica full of acoustic chaos, mishmashes of stoic vocals, discordant drum beats, abrupt hi-hats soaring violins, and distorted guitars. Frusciante managed to combine intriguing melodies from all the discords due to balancing between noise and music and in the upshot he presented a piece of art that is indisputably individualistic. All songs have lyrics except from ‘Cinch’ which is centered around beautifully structured guitar arpeggios and fretboard flexing. This 6 minutes guitar solo gives unbelievably emotional climax and multi-instrumentalist palette.

Unfortunately, even though Frusciante made an endeavour to equilibrate the chaos with soothing vocals, the whole album can be seen as too disorganised and may alienate the audience. It is also not purely clear whether in the entire album appears any coherent theme, message, or plot to the whole proceeding, therefore, the listeners should not anticipate any grand destination at the end of all tracks.

Frusciante indisputably explores music on his own terms. After abandoning his band in 2009 he wrote and open letter to his fans explaining that “For me, art has never been something done out of a sense of duty. It is something I do because it is really fun, exciting, and interesting.” This album definitely affirms his statement and proves that ‘Enclosure’ is not for everyone, but for those who are open-mined and want to broaden their musical horizons, and experience innovative and indubitably original piece of music. Those will certainly perceive the songs as a stunning, adventurous and entertaining journey.

If you are eager to find more information about John Frusciante and his foregoing career you can visit his official website where it is feasible to purchase his latest album or you may leave a comment on his Facebook  and Twitter account

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