Les Claypool returns to Bonnaroo for the first time since 2011, and he’s bringing a friend. Namely, Sean Lennon, the progeny of rock icon, and former Beatle John Lennon. Sean, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT) front man developed a friendship with the Primus bass-wizard while touring in 2015, and through extended sessions at Claypool’s compound, Rancho Relaxo, the pair developed a sound Rolling Stone characterized as “proggy psych-pop.”
Dubbing themselves The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the duo released a track, “Cricket And The Genie,” on SoundCloud earlier yesterday. The track is an eight minute jaunt through twisted whimsy where Lennon’s vocals harken his father’s in a “Strawberry Fields” sort of way, only darker. The music seems more comparable to the sounds of Lennon’s GOASTT than any of Claypool’s projects, probably due to Lennon taking lead vocal and guitar duties and Claypool’s bass playing a more snarling compliment to the soundscape.
Delirium seems to be a fair appraisal of the project, and The Farm seems like a good fit for it’s debut. It is a sound perfectly suited for the wee hours of the Bonnaroo night. Where the surreal starts to overtake the ordinary, the colors begin to glow a bit brighter, and a state of delirium is not only common, but is sought after and celebrated.
For more on our coverage of the bands playing Bonnaroo, check out our recap of the 2016 lineup.