Arañas en La Sombra by ORL to feature John, former Mars Volta folk

The Mars Volta/At the Drive-in/Antemasque mastermind Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is set to release twelve albums on Ipecac Recordings by the end of 2016. The Greg Werckman and Mike Patton-owned label welcomed the prolific artist to their roster and since then, the names and other information on these albums have been popping up online sporadically, with tentative release dates.

The previously unreleased albums were recorded from 2008 to 2013, while Rodriguez-Lopez lived in Zapopan, Mexico and as well as his eventual return to El Paso. The titles will be released on a bi-weekly basis with the first spate of albums running through the end of the year. Each album will see a digital release with a limited number of physical copies (CD) available on Rodriguez-Lopez’s various live outings. Following the initial run of releases, a limited edition CD/LP box set will become available.

Arañas en La Sombra…nope, a placeholder image

The one stated for release on August 26th is called Ara̱as en La Sombra (Spiders in the Shadow) and it features the former members of the Mars Volta РEva Gardner, Jon Theodore and the late Ikey Owens; and John is listed as a guest on the release. Given his honorary member of the former group status, this is a big deal!

Arañas en La Sombra

This is the oldest record in the series and features sessions with original Mars Volta members Ikey Owens, Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore. John Frusciante guests. 2012

All songs written by: ORL
Produced by: ORL
Recorded on the e clat morgue portable unit by: Jon Debaun
Mixed by: Jon Debaun
Mastered by: Chris Common
Art by: Julio Venegas

The first two releases of this tour-de-force are available for purchase/pre-order on ORL Projects.

Look out for the updates regarding the track listing and the cover! And, of course, the pre-order once the time comes.

* This was patched together from all the above mentioned pages, as well as Billboard and MXDWN articles.

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  • phexy

    I wonder where all his old solo recordings went? I bought a few of them years back on bandcamp, but it seems like he removed all of them from the interwebs~ .. anyone knows if you still can get your hands on his old recordings?

    Excited for the new stuff, and with that line up (org. volta + john) the result can only be very good! 🙂

  • Iva

    There are nice ways to point an unintentional typo to a non-native speaker, methinks. Not that it wasn’t funny, I deserve it for years of harassing somebody else over their typos. 🙂

  • Ryan Sloan

    he’s such a monster with his relentless production. the way it should be.
    I never quite understood how musicians could take a year + to finish one LP’s worth of tracks. then when ppl like Mike Patton, John Zorn, John Frusciante, and I think to a differing degree a band like theMelvins set an example by doing things at their own pace with the knowledge that keeping things under their own creative umbrella (no outside contractual stipulations forcing them to sit on their hands or lose their master recordings, etc) would place them in a position that is much more realistic as creative forces that simply have to be reckoned with.
    releases on Ipecac only make sense. I am a huge fan of the bulk of Ipecac’s catalog and knowing that ORL will be part of it is just a plus.

    I just recently saw a video of Omar’s that featured appearances by John F, Buzz O, and T. Genderbender (of le butcherettes) .. I should go back to it and see if it was from this release since I am commenting here mid August.

  • Ryan Sloan

    I didn’t realize that had happened. glad I have the bulk on hard copies. such delicious music… LPs like Un Corazon de Nade are overlooked diamonds imo

  • Ryan Sloan

    hey .. THANK YOU! these records are so incredible. doesn’t it feel like his catalog could be split into 16ths to reflect what we hear from an average “musician” in a lifetime?

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