The Mars Volta: “The Malkin Jewel”

Lurching into an impossibly spastic reggae groove (uh, is that a banjo?), this mutant jam shifts midway into a spooky carnival scene, with Cedric Bixler-Zavala's shivering whispers turning to rabid snarls, sultry croons, and heavy-metal howls. Still hard rock's most fascinating sonic freak-show.

Listen to "The Malkin Jewel":

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