John Malkovich's 'Like a Puppet Show' Features Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Dweezil Zappa, OMD and Others
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:30:37
Sometimes being John Malkovich is a multi-dimensional venture, one that dips as easily into cinema as it does music. Take for instance the award-winning actor's new vinyl-only release, Like a Puppet Show. The album's title takes its name from a line within Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave,' which Malkovich recites in the track "Cryolife 7:14 A.M.," a tune that features the haunting vocals of Yoko Ono and the eerily tinkering piano tones of her son, Sean.
Like other genre-dabbling luminaries of his ilk, including David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch, there are noir-bordering-on-creepy undertones to the project (just look at Malkovich's teeth in the track's photo art, courtesy of fellow project contrib and photographer Sandro), an 11-track playlist that traverses an ambient score composed by producer/composer Eric Alexandrakis, overdubbed by recitation from Malkovich, and further reinterpreted and mixed by a notable crew of well-known musical artists.
In addition to Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, they include "the Electro-Kraftwerkian sounds of OMD...the orchestral Celtic breeze of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan...the rock and roll humor of Dweezil Zappa...the experimental electronics of Young the Giant, Efterklang, The Dandy Warhols and The Cars' Ric Ocasek...the epic gangsta rap of Blondie's Chris Stein, the haunting beauty of Placebo, [and] the classical piano of Harry Wa."
The vinyl-only release hits stores Record Store Day Black Friday, November 27 via the Cyrogenia π label. That same day in support, Malkovich, Sandro, and Alexandrakis will appear at an in-store signing at Portland, Oregon's Music Millennium from 3-5 p.m.
Listen to John Malkovich's "Cryolife 7:14 A.M." remixed by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon:
Like a Puppet Show Tracklist
Cryocarbon 14C MIXED BY OMD
Cryolife 7:14 A.M. MIXED BY YOKO ONO & SEAN LENNON
Cryoblue Cheese Ο MIXED BY RIC OCASEK
CryoZolon X MIXED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA
Cryoparoxsym A MIXED BY YOUNG THE GIANT
Platogenia X And The Caves MIXED BY THE DANDY WARHOLS
Cryostat Ø MIXED BY EFTERKLANG
Cryoplacebo 47/XXY MIXED BY PLACEBO
Photogenia C (Ruler Of Light) MIXED BY CHRIS STEIN
Optimogenia Z [Edit Mix] MIXED BY HARRY WATERS
Cryopian D MIXED BY DOLORES O'RIORDAN
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
More info on John Malkovich's 'Like a Puppet Show' is available at RecordStoreDay.com.