Release Date: Apr 14, 2015
Record label: Acid Test
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
John Frusciante's initial solo releases, dating back to the early '90s, were often eclipsed by a number of factors that had no relation to the musician and his work; the drama of Frusciante's struggles with substance abuse and his association with one of the biggest bands in the world at the time (Red Hot Chili Peppers) distracted from his artistic output and intentions. It didn't help that he spoke openly of being a junkie and professed that he had simply recorded his second solo album Smile From The Streets You Hold in order to earn "drug money. " However, once Frusciante kicked his various habits in 1997, his solo output explored a variety of avenues with an enduring proclivity for experimentation.
A nagging thought creeps up on you frequently while listening to John Frusciante's debut album as Trickfinger: that perhaps you've heard these tracks somewhere before. You haven't, of course—Trickfinger is a new LP of original material from the multi-faceted artist (and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist). But it's also an album made up entirely of hardware-built acid house.
Alongside his famous stints playing boisterous, stadium-sized guitar in Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante has quietly developed a reputation as an experimentalist. The wildly disparate and disjointed solo albums he's released over the last decade-plus have been generally engaging, though occasionally laborious, explorations of the outer-bounds of guitar-based pop music. They've showcased, first and foremost, an inclination to use more abstract elements to push beyond the straightforward riffery he put forth in his more famous gig.