Release Date: Jan 15, 2013
Record label: Chimera Music
So, Mystical Weapons… (Inhales) Mystical Weapons is an improvisational effort that had initially begun as an impromptu live collaboration between Sean Lennon and Deerhoof drummer, Greg Saunier. Born out of necessity, (Lennon simply needed a band to open a show for another of his projects, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Serendipitously, Deerhoof had been touring with The Plastic Ono Band, so Lennon tapped Saunier to help out.), their creative partnership gelled as the two continued to perform sporadic live dates with visuals provided by filmmaker, Martha Colburn.
Mystical Weapons is a collaboration between Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier and Sean Lennon. Lennon has had a solo career since the mid-90s and is, of course, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, but to read the press materials for this project's debut, you wouldn't know that if you didn't already know his name. He's billed as "Sean Lennon (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger)," as though his membership in the folky duo he performs in with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl is the one thing for which he's best known.
The night after Deerhoof opened for the Plastic Ono Band, Deerhoof member Greg Saunier joined Sean Lennon onstage for an improvised performance which served as the basis for Mystical Weapons. Carrying over the anything-goes free jazz rules of that first performance to their debut record, Mystical Weapons, the duo sound alternately inspired and completely insane. Utilizing a vast array of musical instruments the pair conjure up noises that frequently unsettle and occasionally inspire.
“Supergroup” shouldn’t apply to an act with just two members, but when half a duo is the son of John and Yoko, it’s difficult not to reach for the term. Thankfully, Mystical Weapons – the experimental collaboration of Sean Lennon and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier – -strikes as far from its celebrity specter as it can. The project’s self-titled debut ignores the institution of Lennon as offspring, showcasing instead Lennon as musician and partner to Saunier’s off-road expeditions.
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