Despite Omar Rodriguez-Lopez releasing 10 albums just last year fans have been left in the dark on when his Texan group The Mars Volta would be releasing their follow up to 2009’s Octahedron. But now Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the Grammy-award winning band’s frontman, has posted on their official Youtube account with a few more details.
“New Volta almost done. Vocals done,” he wrote. “Just trying to rebutcher it and finish guitar. In studio until this week then on to Mexico to add more quantum entanglement to it. The sonogram of the little beast is looking very good.”
The new studio album, tentatively titled ‘In Absentia,’ would be the sixth effort for the group and some arte now pointing towards a release sometime at the end of March.
We caught up with Omar last month when he was in Australia touring his solo music. We asked him about his hectic album release schedule and whether that was slowing down the release of new material from Mars Volta. On average I make about fifteen records a year but don’t release all of them,” he said.
“There are some that I keep for myself or give to my friends as gifts. Sometimes people will say something like “oh, why didn’t you release that record? That was a really nice one!” And then I might decide to have another listen to it and think about releasing it.”
He continued “I guess that in the exterior world it seems like fifteen records per year is a lot of music to produce, seeing as most artists release about one album every two years. People may see creating all this music as some sort of intensive labour and I’m always hard at work, but it’s just me playing music.