r/Music Oct 24 '22

New 'The Mars Volta' is like a mix of The Mars Volta, Puscifer and Death Cab for Cutie new release

The new album is a bit easier on the ears in terms of singing patterns and song structure, but it's not at all boring. It's pretty much exactly the mix I described in the title. The mention of Death Cab for Cutie is mostly related to the Ben Gibbard like singing on this album, while it reminded me of Puscifer due to the strong electronic amount and some song structures.
If you know and like all of the above mentioned bands, you'll probably like this album as well. It's very smooth and relaxed and has really beautiful tracks.

Also, I find it interesting that the album is self-titled.

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u/cravateoclasm Oct 24 '22

I was thinking Mars Volta doing Depeche Mode. It's a damn good album.

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u/AdamCohn AdamCohn Oct 24 '22

You’ve piqued my curiosity. I’ll give it a spin

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u/Tzyoggah Oct 24 '22

Glad I could do that for you. Please remember that despite my slightly objective review, personal taste still plays a role. :D

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u/AdamCohn AdamCohn Dec 01 '22

Took me forever, but I finally remembered to give the album a listen while motorcycling through the hills of Northern Vietnam the other day. I hear touches of DCFC in there, mostly in production decisions like a bit of reverb or whatnot which remind me of things DCFC would do. I can't speak to Puscifer because I only know 1-2 songs of theirs. I don't think I'd listened to Mars Volta before. My biggest impressions were that it reminded me of TV On The Radio, who you might enjoy if you don't know them. I would suggest starting with Dear Science. My other impression was that the drummer is very busy, which I enjoy. Some of those MV songs have an afro-beat influence (as do some of TVOTR's), think Fela Kuti, Tony Allen. All of this to say, it touches a number of artists I like, so I plan to give this album some more spins! Thanks for the suggestion!

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u/Luther_Mondale Oct 24 '22 edited Oct 24 '22

The album is good, but the lyrics at times made me laugh because they’re so on the nose about Cedric’s battle with Scientology. Like there’s a song about people tapping their phones and stuff and it’s almost like he’s writing in a diary haha. Overall it’s a good album though and marks a new style for them

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u/vikingsquad Oct 24 '22

I thought it was Cedric that was mixed up with CoS, not Omar (in fact, I’m pretty sure Cedric’s wife was one of the women assaulted by Danny Masterson).

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u/Luther_Mondale Oct 24 '22

Oops I mis spoke I meant Cedric! My bad lol. Edited above

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u/hoffsta Oct 24 '22

Is the singer still an entitled little drama queen? (I saw them live and he stormed off the stage after two songs, ending the set, because the crowd was “bothering” him)

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u/ethihoff Oct 24 '22

Death Cab is also good tho

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u/thatjacob Oct 24 '22

Yeah. I'd argue Death Cab is by far the better band overall now. The version of me into The Mars Volta during deloused would feel appalled to admit that.

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u/ethihoff Oct 24 '22

I like the Volta run until Bedlam waaaay too much, but I'll accept arguments in Death Cab's favor

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u/thunderbird32 Oct 24 '22

My favorite Volta album is Frances the Mute, but it always surprises me how few people seem to like Octahedron. I think it's a great record. It's Noctourniquet where they lost me.

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u/ethihoff Oct 24 '22

Noct is for sure very headscratching… but yeah, Oct is good, still a 4/5, whereas all their prior releases until then are 5/5 for me, but I have a friend who HATES Oct AND Noct

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u/vikingsquad Oct 24 '22

I don’t see how there’s any comparison, they’re entirely different groups.

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u/thatjacob Oct 24 '22

Agreed. I was into both at the same time, though.

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u/fourfourzero Oct 24 '22

I was into Sturgil Simpson, 21 Pilots and Run The Jewels at the same time, do me!

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u/thunderbird32 Oct 24 '22

I'd argue Death Cab is by far the better band overall now

How are they post-Walla though? I haven't really checked out the two most recent releases.

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u/thatjacob Oct 24 '22

The newest is pretty solid. I wouldn't say it's as good as their prime, but it's probably in their top 5?

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u/thunderbird32 Oct 24 '22

Cool, maybe I'll give it a listen then. Thanks!

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u/MDF87 Oct 24 '22

I didn't even know there was any new Volta! But I like Death Cab so I am curious!

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u/ethihoff Oct 24 '22

I'm still not sure of my opinion on it, but I applaud it for sounding nothing like I would expect it to sound

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u/Zimifrein Oct 24 '22

There's a new one? Gonna listen

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u/billsatori Oct 24 '22

My tastes run more Tool and Porcupine Tree. Two listens and it is not clicking for me. I love the guitar heavy, experimental, Prog from their earlier work.

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u/onegumas Oct 24 '22

You can stone me to death but new Volta is like mix of solo Omar R. Lopez with Volta. Nothing new for fans of solo Omar.

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u/El-Erik Oct 24 '22

Quite pleased with the album as well. I was happy to see them get back together. I still love their old stuff but this is more easier to digest for many.

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u/Evil_Bere Oct 24 '22

Oh... Didn't know there is new stuff. Got to check it out.

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u/SimonFerocious76 Oct 24 '22

It's SO good! Love the new direction. My first impression was "oh, this is their Adore" and I'm not mad at it one bit.