The Mars Volta announces self-titled album

Album drops Sept 16th

The Mars Volta has unveiled details surrounding their seventh upcoming full length album, The Mars Volta, due for release on September 16th. The self-titled project bravely challenges everything you thought you knew about them, delivering their most exciting, most accessible, and most sophisticated music yet.

The band also releases a third single and music video for “Vigil,” with Cedric Bixler-Zavala noting “And the obits wait for a perfect name.”

In addition, the album is now available for digital and physical pre-order. Digitally the album will be available in Dolby ATMOS and spatial audio, and physically on CD and vinyl with Clouds Hill holding an exclusive, kinetic version of the vinyl. A special, gold foiled outer sleeve with embossed art will be available on LP, CD and cassette.

The new album shakes loose some of band’s long-standing shibboleths, with only two tracks lasting longer than four minutes, and the dizzying, abrasive prog stylings of earlier albums absent. The Mars Volta pulses with subtle brilliance, Caribbean rhythms underpinning sophisticated, turbulent song craft. This is guitarist/composer Omar Rodríguez-López and singer/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala at their most mature, most concise, most focused. Their sound and fury channeled to greatest effect.

The album follows the announcement of the band’s return after a decade long hiatus and the release of two singles and short films for “Blacklight Shine” and “Graveyard Love.” The short films, directed by Rodríguez-López depict the beauty of life in Puerto Rico and rail against US colonial rule.

The Mars Volta have announced their first live shows in ten years. Dates have been added to select cities due to overwhelming demand with many of the shows now sold out.

1. Blacklight Shine
2. Graveyard Love
3. Shore Story
4. Blank Condolences
5. Vigil
6. Qué Dios Te Maldiga Mí Corazón
7. Cerulea
8. Flash Burns From Flashbacks
9. Palm Full Of Crux
10. No Case Gain
11. Tourmaline
12. Equus 3
13. Collapsible Shoulders
14. The Requisition

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