Those of my generation know very well the genius of Les Claypool, the fantastic American bassist and singer that became famous during the ‘90s as the leader of that crazy formation which is Primus. The golden sequence of Primus’ records that goes from their debut Frizzle Fry (1990) to the legendary Pork Soda (1993) has marked the musical development of many fans of rock music, allowing us to broaden our horizons outside the usual genres that we were used to listening on the radio and in the car stereo.
Like all good things, however, the magic of the music of Primus’ first albums began gradually to fade, and Claypool himself embarked on a parable that led him, year after year, to maintain a niche of fans which was, at least in size, decidedly different from the masses of enthusiasts who were following him in the beginning. Even for what concerns myself, I slowly began to lose track of his works, also because those few times that I approached the new publications from Primus (the last was released last year) I was quite disoriented, to use a euphemism.
Anyway, among the many projects were Les Claypool has been protagonist in the recent times, the one initiated with Sean Lennon is perhaps the one that intrigued me the most: this mixture of alternative rock, psychedelia and classic progressive rock is definitely interesting, and it also allowed Claypool to find again a fertile ground for his unique and particular style of bass.
On February 2019 the collaborative project between Lennon and Claypool named The Claypool Lennon Delirium has relased their second LP, South of Reality, which follows their debut album Monolith of Phobos (2016) and the following album of covers Lime and Limpid Green (2017).
Honestly, I found myself enjoying this album well beyond what I could expect at the beginning: Claypool’s craziness and creativity merge perfectly with Lennon’s melodic sensibility and the songs of the album result at the same time intriguing and curious as they are fresh and catchy. South of Reality is really fun to listen to, and in this respect, it reminds me, with all the due differences, of the great album that was published last year by the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
My overall rating for the LP is 7.5/10. It’s really nice to be surprised again by an artist whom we had lost sight of. The music of South of Reality, however, is enjoyable and objectively valuable even for those who aren’t aware of all the impressive background of Les Claypool.
My favourite songs of the album are Amethyst Realm, the opening track Little Fishes, Cricket Chronicles, and the title track South of Reality.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium are now featured in YELLOW EYES, the playlist with the best of modern progressive and psychedelic rock.