Mattias IA Eklundh's new solo album 'Freak Guitar - The Smorgasboard' will be released on March 5th, 2013, and will feature a host of special guests.
Freak Kitchen's legendarily serendipitous guitarist has been working hard on new material for his solo project, and also his band, and 'Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord' is set to be a giant double album. Good news for fans out there who have been waiting a long time for it.
It will be released on Steve Vai's label, Favored Nations, and will feature some well-respected names in the guitar world. Alongside Mattias IA Eklundh, we can expect contributions from Guthrie Govan, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Dweezil Zappa, and Andy Timmons.
On paper, there's no reason why this shouldn't be one of the top five best guitar albums of next year, Eklundh always pulls something crazy out of the bag and has one hell of a unique playing style, to hear him alongside some equally great guitarists should be something special.
In a recent interview with Sonic State Amped, Mattias said of the new album:
"The solo album will be quite a ride! When nobody is buying CDs anymore I decided to make a double one with over 100 minutes of unorthodox instrumental music. Madness. But it feels good and to me it is a necessity to make music. Music is life."
Here's how Mattias IA broke the news of the release in a statement to his fans:
"Hot, delicious news! Prepare to devour! Steve Vai and Favored Nations will my release my audio feast Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord worldwide March 5th!
"An intense buffet with no fewer than 40 tracks, served in double disc packaging (with close to two hours worth of nutritious music!) 'Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord' also features a number of prominent, tasty guests: Dweezil Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Andy Timmons, Georg "Jojje" Wadenius, Guthrie Govan, Morgan Ågren, Ranjit Barot, Kiko Loureiro, Jonas Hellborg, Selvaganesh Vinayakram and many more."
A tracklisting for the album was also released:
1. Amphibians Night Out
3. Mattias - The Beautiful Guy
4. Hells Bells
5. The Smorgasbord
6. Friedrichs Wahnbriefe
7. Sexually Frustrated Fruit Fly Flamenco
8. Daily Grind Disco March
9. Lease With an Option to Buy
10. The Swede and the Wolf
11. Mambo Italiano
12. Mind Your Step (at Schiphol Airport)
13. Crossing the Rubicon
14. That's Amore
15. Keep It in the Dojo
16. Infrared Jed
17. Peter, I Won't Drive Another Meter
18. Larvatus Prodeo
19. Blaha Blaha
20. Lullaby for Gabriel
1. In the Goo of the Evening
2. The Dogs of Delhi
3. Special Agent Bauer
4. Mahavishnu John
5. The Harry Lime Theme
6. Dark Matter
7. Trumpet Lesson
8. Mandur and Morgan's Camel Safari
9. Shore Thing
10. Captain Smith's Moment of Truth
11. Mah Ná Mah Ná
12. The Nigerian Gynecologist
13. 6 Rue Cordot
14. Kali Ghat
15. Safe to Remove Hardware
16. Did You Actually Pay for That?
17. Those in Badiyah
18. The Essence of Emptiness
19. Meralgia Paresthetica
20. Guano Afternoon
"Keeping my Viking fingers crossed you will enjoy (and be able to digest) this beefy record! I had a ball producing it! More news soon."
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