If you’ve never heard Primus, or their singer Les Claypool’s bass lines, then you’re in luck. Not only does “Cricket And The Genie” contain one of the better bass lines I’ve heard this year, but it also contains Sean Lennon as a part of the mega two-piece called The Claypool Lennon Delirium.
Lennon surely takes after his father in this collaboration, without a doubt. The eight minute song starts out with a very eerie bass intro and a vocals that sound like the Beatles have returned. The bass style is driven with such a delicious tone and complex structure through out the song that you get lost in it. Lennon’s vocals have their own soft but playful taste to them, summoning his father’s ghost with a throat singing style, similar to Elliott Smith in his harsher elements of delivery. The keys in this song form an interesting mix of melancholy and downright creepy, creating the stage for a Muse–like overall darkness but with the DNA of two of the worlds greatest musicians. The song obviously features a little bit of a cricket song as well.
This song throws you for a loop. There is a break down around the 3:55 minute mark, almost halfway through the song, that kind of blows my mind. In a Rolling Stone article Claypool stated about Lennon, “His DNA definitely shines through, though it isn’t just his father’s musical sensibilities that he reflects but also his mother’s abstract perspective, which to me, makes for a glorious freak stew.”
Freak stew is probably the best description i’ve heard so far. Only its the right kind of freak stew, the kind you want to gorge on for weeks on end. For whatever reason the raw and not quite abrasive quality of the song drags you right in with the acquired taste that they sell and they sell it flawlessly. I heard this song multiple times and I’ve had the swimming melodies and punchy driving bass lines ingrained in my mind for about a week.
“The Claypool Lennon Delirium will (gently) melt your face with heart-pounding low-frequency oscillations and interdimensional guitar squeals. We look forward to seeing you very soon.”
He is absolutely not lying. The Beasts here suggest that you get your first, second and third helpings of this freak stew before both members get busy with any other mega projects they might also be involved in. The last lyrics in this song are; “you ought to try it you really ought to try it” and we can assure you we agree. Try the song and make sure to catch them in July at Bonnaroo!