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Claypool Lennon Dlirium - South Of Reality - 2LP -

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Les Claypool is the frontman of Primus and the patron saint of slap bass. Sean Lennon is the son of Beatles legend John Lennon, as well as a longtime fixture in the indie rock scene. In 2016, when the two men were on breaks from their many other projects, they recorded an album together as The Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Whenever lead personalities join forces, there’s a chance the results will feel disjointed, thrown together. But the Delirium turned out to have real chemistry, built on a shared vocabulary of prog and psychedelia. 2016’s Monolith of Phobos was a throwback to the drugged-out mythologies of King Crimson and Cream, and it turned into a sleeper hit. Now with South of Reality, The Claypool Lennon Delirium sound like they’ve been playing together decades instead of just over two years.
The voices of Lennon and Claypool balance each other, with one sounding like a stoned angel and the other like a drunken demon. Claypool is at his off-the-wall best on “Toadyman’s Hour”, a slow, kooky satire built on vintage slap bass. On “Blood and Rockets”, Lennon takes the lead for the tale of Jack Parsons, the real-life rocket engineer who fell under the influence of Aleister Crowley and became obsessed with Thelema occultism. The song spans two movements, swelling and fading away with the rise and falls of rockets. The subject matter is perfect for the Delirium and serves as a showcase for some of their most ambitious ideas.

On the “Cricket Chronicles Revisited”, Claypool and Lennon return to a character from Monolith of Phobos. On that album, the cricket found a prescription pill bottle with a genie inside. Sure enough, “Chronicles Revisited” is another rant against the consumerization of mental health, but it also shows that the band is thinking across albums. The Claypool Lennon Delirium isn’t just some side project; it’s a self-contained world.

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