Artist: The Mars Volta
Label: Rodriguez Lopez Productions
Format: 2xLP, white vinyl, gatefold w/ lacquer hit, 5000 pressed
The idea of The Mars Volta paring anything down might seem laughable to those who thought they'd given up on the experimental prog powerhouse, but Octahedron offers reason to think again. Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez slimmed their numbers to a svelte six (these things are relative) before crafting a batch of songs that still manage to surprise without overdoing the intricacies. Lucky then that they didn't have the same ideas about album packaging. This juggernaut of a release comes in its own custom plastic sleeve, printed with the requisite details so that the artwork can stay clean. Its innards include a gorgeous gatefold and two white slabs of vinyl housed in near- frameable sleeves (the first 500 sold included a slipmat too). Naturally, Omar's Rodriguez-Lopez Productions, a Sargent House affiliate, was behind this one. - Chris Martins
Purchase now via Rodriguez Lopez Store or at a local independent Sept 5th as part of Record Store Day's "Vinyl Saturdays" promotion (call first for avail).
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