One of the most beautiful things about music is that it’s a universal language. That’s why the music of brilliant artists like Omar Rodriguez-Lopez translates no matter what language it’s in. While many are familiar with his early work in At The Drive-In and in prog-giants The Mars Volta, few are aware of the prolific, rich and diverse catalog of his solo work. He’s released over 20 albums outside of his main projects. It’s a lot to take in and some people just don’t bother because of the intimidating size of his solo recording career. Not to fear, we’re here to help with a gateway track.
Taken from his incredible 2009 album Xenophanes, it’s the first album where he’s done most of the vocals himself. Entirely sung in Spanish, the song starts off with soothing vocals and an ambient musical accompaniment before launching into Mars Volta-worthy head-spinning rock. If you like it even a little, check out the album, it’s the perfect first album for those who enjoy his higher profile music because at times it sounds like The Mars Volta album that never was. From this fan, that’s the highest of compliments.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer