CLAY­POOL AND LENNON GET REAL

Primus bassist and GOASTT mu­si­cian team up for se­cond mag­i­cal mys­tery.

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Les Clay­pool and Sean Lennon have re­united as The Clay­pool Lennon Delir­ium to re­lease South Of Re­al­ity on Fe­bru­ary 22 via ATO. The nine-track record­ing mixes psy­che­delic sounds with satir­i­cal so­cial com­men­tary. It was self-pro­duced and mixed by Clay­pool at his own Ran­cho Re­laxo stu­dio.

Lead song, the six-and-a-half minute Blood And Rock­ets, pays trib­ute to Amer­i­can rocket en­gi­neer Jack Par­sons who was also a lead­ing mem­ber of Aleis­ter Crow­ley’s oc­cult group, Ordo Tem­pli Ori­en­tis. Says Lennon, “The end bit [of the song] is in 5/8, which I thought was funny be­cause a pen­ta­gram has five points. It cuts to the sec­tion when, in my mind, he’s cross­ing the thresh­old from this re­al­ity to an­other di­men­sion.”

An­other track, Boriska, takes mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion from 70s pop-prog­gers Klaatu and tells the true story of a Rus­sian child who claimed he was a Mar­tian in a for­mer life.

“I think we ex­cel at en­cap­su­lat­ing wild sto­ries in song,” says The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger mu­si­cian. “I think that par­tially comes from work­ing with Les be­cause so many of his songs are very funny sto­ries about very odd peo­ple, like [Primus track] Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.”

The pair have de­scribed South Of Re­al­ity as the “or­ganic ex­ten­sion” of their 2016 de­but Mono­lith Of Pho­bos. It fol­lows on from last year’s cov­ers EP, Lime And Limpid Green.

The Clay­pool Lennon Delir­ium play three live shows in Cal­i­for­nia in late De­cem­ber with more dates ex­pected in 2019.

For full de­tails, see www.the­clay­pool­len­non­delir­ium.com.

SEAN LENNON AND LES CLAY­POOL: UN­DER THEMAG­NI­FY­ING GLASS.

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