As always, JANE'S ADDICTION — singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins — keeps things interesting.
The exotic sounds on "End To The Lies" — the band's newly issued (April 7) free downloadable track from the band's upcoming first studio album in eight years on Capitol Records, "The Great Escape Artist" — are the unique contribution of the legendary The Master Musicians of Joujouka.
Hailing from the village of Jajouka near Ksar-el-Kebir in the Ahl Srif mountain range of the southern Rif Mountains in northern Morocco, they are Sufi trance musicians who use reed, pipe and percussion to create drones and complex rhythms unique to Joujouka. The musicians are known for their connections with the Beat Generation and THE ROLLING STONES founder Brian Jones, who recorded them in 1968 for an album that was released in 1971, "Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan at Joujouka".
"We wanted to add a sense of ancient ritual and some depth beyond normal instrumentation, getting off the typical path that rock bands use, etc," says Perry Farrell. "And we wanted the music to cast a spell on the 'lies.'"
For "The Great Escape Artist", JANE'S ADDICTION have been working in Los Angeles with producer Rich Costey (MUSE, FRANZ FERDINAND, INTERPOL), with TV ON THE RADIO's Dave Sitek on the team. Costey says that The Master Musicians of Joujouka's parts actually weren't recorded with the band or in a studio. "It was all recorded in the Master Musicians Madrassa (school house) which is out in the village of Joujouka near Morocco where they live. The drums were recorded in the kitchen and the rhiatas in the main room of the house."
Farrell adds: "Lots of sounds were recorded with them so you may hear more of them on the record. You'll have to wait and see."
On Thursday (April 7), JANE'S ADDICTION made an MP3 of "End To The Lies" available for free download via the band's web site, JanesAddiction.com. "To me, it sounds like an updated JANE'S ADDICTION as it has the hypnotic repetitive nature of some of our early work combined with a modern approach," guitarist Dave Navarro told Spinner. "This track was released as a taste of the record for our die-hard fans. I can't wait for everyone to hear our first single next month and then the album later in the summer."
An early, unfinished version of "End To The Lies" leaked on March 30 in Chile when Farrell made an appearance on the "La Ley D Rock" program on the Chilean radio station Radio Futuro, after which the song became an instant viral sensation.