Kimono Kult count current and former members of the Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bosnian Rainbows to their rosters. The new group is set to release a four-song debut EP, Hiding in the Light, on March 4th, and now you can get an exclusive first listen to their song “Todo Menos El Dolor.”
The experimental track, which translates to “Everything, Anything but the Pain,” fuses the backwards string arrangements of member Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) with the sharp bilingual vocal line of Teri Gender Bender, plus a bevy of drum machines overseen by Swahili Blonde drummer Nicole Turley.
“The Spanish language is so beautiful that it has the right to be approached in any way possible,” Gender Bender, of Bosnian Rainbows fame, tells Rolling Stone. “There is so much left to explore – pronunciation, etc. Because Spanish-speaking singers are strict with so many unspoken rules, I approached my mother language as if I were an alien from outer space. That was the mindset.”
“Kimono Kult approaches the music in a completely original way, allowing for the imagination to flow,” she adds. “The lyric to ‘Todo Menos el Dolor’ is for the listener’s imagination. Spanish speaking or not, it goes way beyond language and [is] more about atmosphere. To me it could be a story about an alien that wanted to eat cats but it caused the critter so much pain [that] he became a vegetarian. Every interpretation is valid. “
The album was recorded and produced by Turley, who also operates the EP’s issuing label, Neurotic Yell. She touts the collective’s initial EP in press materials as “four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy.“
Aside from Rodriguez-Lopez (who is also of Bosnian Rainbows), Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) and Turley (WEAVE!), the troupe includes contributors John Frusciante (formerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), string musician Laena Geronimo (Raw Geronimo) and guitarist Dante White (Dante Vs. Zombies, Starlite Desperation).